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Cost of Living

Every attempt has been made to provide current, accurate, and consistent data in this database. There may be some differences due to sources, methodologies, or timing of data-assembly.

Topeka participates in a Cost of Living Index study which measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile.

Data published by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), indicate that in the first quarter of 2022 (2022Q1) Topeka had a total cost of living index of 81.7; meaning that Topeka’s overall cost of living is 18.3% below all participating communities across the U.S.

The general cost for housing in Topeka is 20.4% below all 263 other communities across the U.S. participating in the cost-of-living index, while groceries are 22.9% cheaper. The study is based on more than 60 items, for which prices are collected quarterly by the Greater Topeka Partnership or similar organizations in each participating urban area. The composite index is based on six components–housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. Small differences should not be interpreted as showing any measurable difference.

“Our cost of living is attractive when compared to communities on the east and west coasts, as well as cities in the Midwest,” says Molly Howey, senior vice president of economic development. “We are pleased to see Topeka/Shawnee County getting recognition as a great place to live and work that is cost-pleasing to the family budget. Our housing costs continue to be very affordable and we’re pleased this study confirms our belief that Topeka offers a quality living experience at a below-average cost.”