Cape Girardeau, MO Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Cape Girardeau had a population of 39,461 as of July 1, 2016. Cape Girardeau ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Missouri. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cape Girardeau is located at latitude 37.3094 and longitude -89.5584 in Cape Girardeau County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cape Girardeau (see map below) encompass a land area of 28.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Cape Girardeau County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 354 feet.

The City of Cape Girardeau (GNIS ID: 2393737) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Cape Girardeau is located within Township of Cape Girardeau, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cape Girardeau County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cape Girardeau population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cape Girardeau: Decatur - in-part.

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Cape Girardeau, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 39,461
Population in Households 35,999
Population in Familes 25,253
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,462
Population Density1 1,367
Diversity Index2 41


Total Households 15,642
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 8,593
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 17,418 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,128 (46.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,514 (43.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,776 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $135,153
Average Home Value $173,536


Median Household Income $40,315
Average Household Income $56,500
Per Capita Income $23,541
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.61% 0.71%
Households 0.43% 0.64%
Families 0.2% 0.49%
Median Household Income   1.32%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Cape Girardeau, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cape Girardeau to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 16 99th
Population Density1 # 206 80th
Diversity Index2 # 82 92nd
Median Household Income # 528 49th
Per Capita Income # 345 67th

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