Topeka has the 168th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Unemployment in the Topeka area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Topeka has the 196th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Topeka is below average at $42,100, and the median cost of a home in Topeka is $95,400, which is below the national average. 27% of workers in Topeka hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 88% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Topeka. 82% of Topeka workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 5% walk. People in Topeka spend an average of 16 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.