Cape Girardeau (Missouri)

Cape Girardeau County Scott County


Cape Girardeau (French: Cap- Girardeau ) is the largest city ( with a status of "City" ) in Cape Girardeau County in the southeast of the U.S. state of Missouri. A small portion of the southern district dates back to the Scott County. In 2010, the city had 37,941 inhabitants.


Cape Girardeau is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, which forms the border with Illinois. The city is located at 37 ° 18'33 " north latitude and 93 ° 32'47 " west longitude and extending over 63 km ².

On the southern outskirts of Cape Girardeau flows eastwards of the Headwater Diversion Channel, a man-made flood channel which receives next to the Castor River a number of other rivers and empties into the Mississippi.

Cape Girardeau is located opposite the East Cape Girardeau, Illinois, 158 kilometers southeast of St. Louis, 53 miles south-west of Carbondale, 86 km north-west of Paducah, and 87 km south-west of Marion.


The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge connects the city of Cape Girardeau to East Cape Girardeau, Illinois. At the western edge runs parallel to the Mississippi Interstate 55, which is the shortest route from St. Louis to Memphis. Through the town center runs parallel to U.S. Highway 61 in Cape Girardeau also meet the Missouri State Routes 34, 74 and 177 together.

By Cape Girardeau Township runs a railway line of the BNSF Railway, which runs along the entire reaches of the Mississippi.

On the southern outskirts of Cape Girardeau in Scott County is the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.


The KFVS transmission tower, a guyed mast, which was the tallest building in the world at the time of its completion. He is still the seventh- tallest building (as of March 2009).

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Cape Girardeau County 37 941 people in 14,960 households. The population density was 603.2 inhabitants per square kilometer. In the 14,960 households lived statistically 2.28 per person.

The racial the population was composed of 81.1 percent white, 12.8 percent African American, 0.2 percent Native American, 1.9 percent Asian and other ethnic groups; 2.4 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity were 2.8 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

19.3 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 66.0 percent were between 18 and 64 and 14.7 percent were 65 years or older. 52.6 percent of the population was female.

The median income for a household was $ 39,284. The per capita income was $ 21,680. 19.8 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Dale Dye, entrepreneur, actor and author
  • Linda Maxine Godwin, astronaut
  • Chic Hecht, politicians
  • Richard Child, entrepreneurs
  • Rush Limbaugh, radio host and political activist
  • Tony Spinner, guitarist and singer
  • Billy Swan, country singer and songwriter