Best Cities 2010: Topeka, Kan.

A diverse economy keeps our number-ten pick for Best Cities for the Next Decade prosperous.

By Kathryn A. Walson

In its reserved, midwestern way, Topeka has engineered a prosperity that most cities of similar size would envy. As the capital city of Kansas, nearly 25% of Topeka’s workforce is employed by the government, providing a stable job market. While unemployment rates have soared into double digits in some parts of the country, Topeka’s has stayed around or below 7%.

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