Cape Girardeau, MO Profile: Facts & Data


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Cape Girardeau had a population of 39,691 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Cape Girardeau, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 39,691
Population in Households 36,217
Population in Familes 25,190
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,474
Population Density2 1,375
Diversity Index3 42


Median Household Income $45,816
Average Household Income $63,362
Per Capita Income $26,494


Total Housing Units 17,567 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,453 (48.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,434 (42.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,681 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $143,193
Average Home Value $187,111


Total Households 15,886
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 8,706
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.53% 0.52%
Households 0.51% 0.55%
Families 0.31% 0.41%
Median Household Income   2.63%
Per Capita Income   2.76%

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, 2018 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 Density # 202 81st
Diversity Index # 83 92nd
Median Household Income # 468 55th
Per Capita Income # 306 70th

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