The Wall Street Journal and released its Emerging Housing Markets Index, ranking Topeka as the number one housing market in Kansas. A collaborative effort on the part of both entities, the index ranks metro areas according to real-estate market data, economic health and quality of life. Topeka ranked in the top 20 percent of American metros, #57 of 300 evaluated.

“The Wall Street Journal collaborated with to rank which housing markets are expected to provide both a strong return on investment—and are a nice place to live,” wrote David M Ewald, Wall Street Journal. “While other market-by-market comparisons focus only on housing metrics, the WSJ/ Emerging Housing Markets Index also looks at non-housing indicators to help identify places that are not only good places to invest, but also where you are likely to enjoy living. Initially, the index will be updated quarterly.”

“This is another exciting example of how Topeka’s momentum can’t be stopped,” said Matt Pivarnik, CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership. “This report shows that Topeka is not only a great place to live but is also a fantastic investment financially. We’re excited that the Wall Street Journal shined a light on the Capital City.”

“We’ve seen the Topeka housing market really take off in the past few years, and it is continuing to flourish,” said Amanda Lewis, owner, Coldwell Banker American Home, a Choose Topeka sponsor. “This can be attributed to not only the affordability of the Capital City’s housing market, but also the great amenities and opportunities it offers. This report captures these trends perfectly.”

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