Living in Topeka Nestled in northeast Kansas about 60 miles from Kansas City, Topeka is a comfortable capital city known for its international relevance and hometown hospitality. About 126,000 people live in Topeka, with more than 178,000 people residing in Shawnee County. It's a region rich in tradition, pride and character — plus a healthy dose of Midwest neighborliness. Topeka offers individuals and families affordable housing options in tree-lined neighborhoods or on spacious acres in the country. Topeka also experiences four distinct seasons with ample recreational options with which to enjoy them. Golf? Softball? Boating? It's all right here. Northeast Kansas is the state's educational hub, with three universities in the area, including Washburn University of Topeka. Excellent public and private schools, qualified labor, cultural opportunities, sporting events and other satellite higher education programs provide a safe and healthy environment for growing families. You'll also find strong parental support and involvement in local education and recreation activities. One of the best attributes of living in Topeka is the ability to find a satisfying mid-point that enables you to balance not only work and family, but also a commitment to community service. In a city the size of Topeka, lunch hours can be spent delivering Meals on Wheels and evenings can be spent coaching children's sports teams, performing in civic theater productions or providing literacy services. Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas, is just a 20-minute drive away, and Kansas City — where professional sports and world-class dining are among the best in the Midwest — is only an hour from Topeka. Both communities provide additional athletic, cultural, educational, shopping and dining experiences within easy reach. Local Attractions Our just-right metropolitan size and broad range of recreational activities attract businesses and top-rate cultural and sporting events. Popular local activities for visitors and residents alike include our well-maintained parks, distinctive Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, world famous Topeka Zoo and a variety of museums. Education Excellent public and private schools, qualified labor, cultural opportunities, sporting events, a local university and other satellite higher education programs provide a safe and healthy environment for growing families. Washburn University of Topeka offers traditional degree programs and continuing education courses, as well as graduate programs in law, business and other disciplines. The university offers comprehensive nursing and allied health programs. Get to Know Topeka Topeka has a lot to offer St. Francis Health Center employees, but don't just take our word for it. Find out for yourself by visiting the following Useful Community Resources online.