The immigrant population of Topeka still remains a minority in Kansas. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, there has been a 7 percent increase of Latin and Asian Americans between the years of 2000 to 2013. Also, there has been a 4 percent increase of foreign-born residents in the community.
This increase in residents has led to more English-language learning programs; with Topeka USD 501 recently hiring 19 new teachers to teach the cultural norms of the United States. The vast majority of immigrant students' first language is Spanish, but there are others with different language backgrounds who also reside in Topeka. Thanks to the English learning programs for immigrants, the increase in the education and job market has nearly doubled in a five year span.
Topeka is not known for being the most international city, but this recent growth of the immigrant population is a welcoming sign of globalization and bringing different cultures from around the world together. The influx of residents also provides a much needed labor. The number of working-age Americans, between ages 35 to 44, has decreased in Topeka over recent years. The integration of Topeka's newest residents to the local community will be the key to continued prosperity and growth in Shawnee County, as well as the rest of Kansas.