Topeka is the county seat of Shawnee County and the capital of Kansas. Situated in the northwest part of the state on the Kansas River. With a population of over 125,000 itself, it contributes to the metropolitan head count of over 230,000 as of 2010 in 5 counties.
This growing population includes there being more cars on the roadways of Topkea and its surrounding area. A large contribution to this population are in the zip codes of 66044, 66051, 66052 and 66067. This has many people looking for the cheapest auto insurance they can obtain and still have the coverage they need and want.
Where did the name “Topeka” originate from? The Kansa-Osage sentence when means “a good place to dig potatoes” and it was in 1826 when that name was recorded. The founding fathers of Topeka picked that name in 1855 stating that because it “was novel, of Indian origin and euphonious of sound.
The United States Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka made its history here, creating a landmark for the city. The case would declare public school’s racial segregation to be unconstitutional and overturned the rulings of case Plessy vs. Ferguson.
Mayor Bill Bunten would issue a proclamation in March of 2010 for the city to be called Google, Kansas” as it is the capital city of fiber optics. This was to help bring Google’s fiber experiment to the city. However, the city’s legal team recommended that not to make the name official. On April Fool’s Day in 2010, Google joked they had changed their name to “Topeka” to “honor that moving gesture”. They went as far as changing their home page to say Topeka for a day.
The largest employer in the state is the State itself with a staff of over 8,000. Other industries that support this is education, health, and social services as well as retail. Finance and insurance also employ many along with the real estate, and rental/leasing industries. Other segments are administrative, management, professional, and scientific, along with waste management services.