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Cape Girardeau, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Cape Girardeau had a population of 39,255 as of July 1, 2019. 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 37.3059 and longitude -89.5182 in Cape Girardeau County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cape Girardeau 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.

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

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Cape Girardeau, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Cape Girardeau, MO Housing Affordability Index is 153
State of Missouri Housing Affordability Index is 156
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Cape Girardeau, MO Wealth Index is 55
State of Missouri Wealth Index is 82
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 39,255 (100%)
Population in Households 35,781 (91.2%)
Population in Families 24,936 (63.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,474 ( 8.8%)
Population Density 1,353
Diversity Index2 42
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $44,779
Average Household Income $58,403
Per Capita Income $24,230
Wealth Index4 55

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 17,480 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,479 (54.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,231 (35.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,770 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $148,303
Housing Affordability Index3 153
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 15,710
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 8,573
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.35% 0.38%
Households 0.34% 0.4%
Families 0.11% 0.25%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   2.48%

Cape Girardeau, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cape Girardeau to the other 1,034 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 17 98th
Population Density # 206 80th
Diversity Index # 83 92nd
Median Household Income # 578 44th
Per Capita Income # 488 53rd

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