As the capital of Kansas, state and local government is important business in Topeka. The government is the city's largest employer, and graduates of Topeka colleges and universities often take government jobs and choose to remain in the area. The post-graduation job market is strong, and students of Topeka colleges and universities enjoy life in Topeka, which features 101 parks, city pools, and a nightlife featuring dancing, comedy, and karaoke clubs.
Topeka colleges and universities prepare students for the workforce with a personalized level of education. Washburn University is Topeka's largest, with a fall 2007 enrollment of 7,200, and over $52 million in financial aid available to students annually. Other Topeka colleges and universities include vocational and technical schools and the Baker University School of Nursing.