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Overview

Introduction to Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau county, is located 100 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri.

Cape Girardeau History

The city was named in honor of Jean Baptiste de Girardot, who was responsible for establishing a temporary trading post here in 1733. The "Cape" part of the city's name referred to a rock promontory which overlooked the Mississippi River and was destroyed later during the construction of railroads. Cape Girardeau was incorporated as a city in 1843.

Cape Girardeau and nearby Attractions

  • West Park Mall
  • Cape River Heritage Museum
  • Arena Park
  • Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

Things To Do In Cape Girardeau

The city of Cape Girardeau offers easy access to several historical sites including the Glenn House and the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. The Cape River Heritage Museum offers valuable insight into the past of the region. The Mount Tabor Park as well as the Arena Park are popular for their recreational facilities. One take also take a walk by the beautiful Little Ponderosa. The quaint old-world Lake Hanover Church, Saint Vincent’s Church, and Hobbs Chapel are also worth paying a visit to. In addition, the city hosts the Southeast Missouri District Fair every year.

Cape Girardeau Transportation

The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport provides air transportation to the city.

Cape Girardeau Higher Education

Cape Girardeau offers higher educational facilities at the Southeast Missouri State University. Among the nearby institutes include Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, John A. Logan College, Southwestern Illinois College, and The University of Tennessee-Martin.

People

Total Population 38,959
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 18,258
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,080
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,277
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,133

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,667
% Above Poverty Level 74.1%
% Below Poverty Level 25.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $659
Median House Value $130,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.4%
US/American 0%
English 8%
Irish 12%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cape Girardeau Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 100 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Cape Girardeau
Standard Zip Codes 63701, 63703
P.O. Box Zip Codes 63702
Company Zip Codes 63705
Phone Area Codes 573
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.305
Longitude -89.518

Cape Girardeau Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CAPE GIRARDEAU AP
Distance 5.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station ANNA 2 NNE
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station CAIRO 3 N
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 41 F
Apr Temp 50 to 69 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cape Girardeau, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cpe Girardeau (63701, 63702, 63703)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chaffee 2,943 $41,047
Commerce 44 $0
Gordonville 416 $89,375
Jackson 14,439 $60,549
Kelso 588 $63,333

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cape Girardeau Public Libraries

Library
Cape Girardeau Public Library
711 N. CLARK
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
(573) 334-5279
Library Web Site

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Cape Girardeau Hospitals

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1701 LACEY ST
(573) 334-4822
Emergency Service: Yes

ST FRANCIS MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
211 ST FRANCIS DR
(573) 331-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Cape Girardeau High Schools

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CENTRAL HIGH
1000 S SILVER SPRINGS RD
573-335-8228
Serves 1,334 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

PARKVIEW STATE SCHOOL
1020 S PARKWAY DR
573-329-5799
Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

GIRARDOT CENTER FOR YOUTH
609 N MIDDLE
573-290-5860
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

ECHO DAY TREATMENT CTR.
3445 ARMSTRONG DR
573-290-5814
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2

CAPE GIRARDEAU CAR. & TECH CTR
1080 S SILVER SPRINGS RD
573-334-0826
A Vocational School

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