Tonganoxie is nearly equidistant between the east and west coasts of the United States and between the Gulf coast and the national border with Canada in Minnesota. The elevation is 960 feet above sea level in the wooded glacial hills of northeastern Kansas.
Tonganoxie is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, and the driving time between the cities is under 40 minutes in any direction. US Highway 24 passes right through Tonganoxie, and it is a short distance to I-70, a major interstate highway across the United States and locally connecting Kansas City with Lawrence, Topeka, Junction City, Salina, Hays, Goodland, and Denver (Colorado).
Nearby colleges include the University of Kansas, Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Johnson County Community College, and a number of smaller universities and colleges.
Area sports teams include Kansas Jayhawks and other collegiate teams, MLB's Kansas City Royals, and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC professional soccer, T-Bones minor-league baseball, arena football, roller derby, and professional bull riders.
The available labor pool draws from an approximate 45-mile radius around the city of over two million people. Human resources range from urban to rural and from professional with post-graduate education to technical trades and crafts. The average household income in Tonganoxie is $55,833
Median Home Value $146,480
Average Sale Price - New $163,000
Average Sale Price – Resale $135,000
Total Housing Units - 1912
Percent Home Ownership - 88.1%
Median Rent - $712/month
The League of Kansas Municipalities reports census data July 1 every year and reported 5,196 people by mid-2014, 1912 households, and 1,355 families residing in Tonganoxie. 2010 US Census data report the ethnic makeup of the residential population was 95.2% White, 1.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other groups, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population and typically mark the category "White."
The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 29.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.9% were from 25 to 44; 21.2% were from 45 to 64; and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.