Cape Girardeau, Missouri Population 2020

39,679

Cape Girardeau is a city located in Missouri. With a 2020 population of 39,679, it is the 17th largest city in Missouri and the 992nd largest city in the United States. Cape Girardeau is currently declining at a rate of -0.22% annually but its population has increased by 4.58% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 37,941 in 2010. Cape Girardeau reached it's highest population of 39,853 in 2018. Spanning over 29 miles, Cape Girardeau has a population density of 1,365 people per square mile.

The average household income in Cape Girardeau is $61,852 with a poverty rate of 23.45%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $790 per month, and the median house value is $144,500. The median age in Cape Girardeau is 33 years, 30.8 years for males, and 35.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.6 males.

Cape Girardeau Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cape Girardeau was:

  • White: 80.73%
  • Black or African American: 13.29%
  • Two or more races: 2.81%
  • Asian: 2.67%
  • Other race: 0.27%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Cape Girardeau, Missouri is 39,679, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 39,853.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 37,941.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202097,2001090.11%
201997,0911090.11%
201896,9821090.11%
201796,873-235-0.24%
201697,108-206-0.21%
201597,314-94-0.10%
201497,4082330.24%
201397,175-33-0.03%
201297,2082370.24%
201196,9715220.54%
201096,4490.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White31,74480.73%
Black or African American5,22513.29%
Two or More Races1,1042.81%
Asian1,0492.67%
Some Other Race1070.27%
American Indian and Alaska Native910.23%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander30.01%

Cape Girardeau Population Pyramid 2020

Cape Girardeau Median Age

33


Total

30.8


Male

35.4


Female

Cape Girardeau Adults

There are 31,957 adults, (6,397 of whom are seniors) in Cape Girardeau.

Cape Girardeau Age Dependency

53.8

Age Dependency Ratio

25

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Cape Girardeau Sex Ratio

Female

20,626

52.45%

Male

18,697

47.55%

Cape Girardeau Households and Families

Cape Girardeau Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Cape Girardeau Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82%18%
Male57.2%42.8%
All54.1%45.9%
Female38.9%61.1%
Non Family34.8%65.2%

54.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All15,0722.4254.1
Non Family6,9911.5934.8
Married5,6813.0382
Female1,7063.5338.9
Male6942.9957.2

3.05

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

5.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Cape Girardeau Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7543.17%
9th to 12th Grade1,3885.83%
High School Graduate6,41726.98%
Some College5,69123.92%
Associates Degree1,4095.92%
Bachelors Degree4,86520.45%
Graduate Degree3,26413.72%

Cape Girardeau Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White20,19318,7547,288
Black2,4262,027393
Hispanic46126070
Asian389345248
Multiple Races245198102
Native American916328
Other Race7949

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.87%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 63.75%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,771$38,972$27,042
Less Than High School$23,673$23,901$22,727
High School Grad$25,532$26,822$19,720
Some College$29,244$39,306$21,697
Bachelors Degree$42,224$49,500$33,370
Graduate Degree$51,567$71,552$44,875

$31,771

Average Earnings

$38,972

Average Male

$27,042

Average Female

Cape Girardeau Language

Cape Girardeau Language by Age

Cape Girardeau Language

94.35% of Cape Girardeau residents speak only English, while 5.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 1.95% of the population.

Cape Girardeau Poverty

Cape Girardeau Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White28,8645,50219.06%
Black4,8231,68835.00%
Asian96162464.93%
Hispanic91650555.13%
Multiple1,02530830.05%
Native913336.26%
Other922122.83%
Islander33100.00%

23.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.87%

Male Poverty Rate

23.97%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cape Girardeau

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cape Girardeau is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cape Girardeau is White, with 19.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.17%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.06%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.39%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.45%
Some College15.11%
High School14.92%
Bachelors or Greater6.06%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed50.13%
Female Unemployed34.31%
Female Employed20.46%
Male Employed11.32%

Cape Girardeau Income

Cape Girardeau Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,383$61,852
Families$63,954$81,398
Married Families$77,274-
Non Families$27,286$37,653

Cape Girardeau Marital Status

Cape Girardeau Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.8%

Male Marriage Rate

34.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Cape Girardeau Married by Age and Sex

Cape Girardeau Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Cape Girardeau Marital Status by Race

Cape Girardeau Veterans

2,266

Number of Veterans

2,163

Male Veterans

103

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam801
Second Gulf War354
First Gulf War344
Korea285
World War II221
Age Group Veterans
75+791
65 to 74585
35 to 54415
55 to 64291
18 to 34184
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,0427.65%
Black1775.08%
2 or More428.38%
Hispanic233.78%
Indian55.49%

$Cape Girardeau Veterans by Education

9.72%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cape Girardeau Employment Status

60.6%

Labor Force Participation

57%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Cape Girardeau Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

68.74%

Born in Missouri

95.34%

Native Born

4.66%

Foreign Born

3.98%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.34% of Cape Girardeau residents were born in the United States, with 68.74% having been born in Missouri. 3.98% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202039,679-87-0.22%
201939,766-87-0.22%
201839,8536421.64%
201739,211-87-0.22%
201639,2981100.28%
201539,1881660.43%
201439,0221770.46%
201338,8452290.59%
201238,6161980.52%
201138,4183080.81%
201038,1102,7610.75%
200035,3499110.26%
199034,438770.02%
198034,3613,0790.94%
197031,2826,3352.29%
196024,9473,3691.46%
195021,5782,1521.06%
194019,4263,1991.82%
193016,2275,9754.70%
192010,2521,7771.92%
19108,4753,6605.82%
19004,8155181.14%
18904,2974081.00%
18803,8893040.82%
18703,5859223.02%
18602,6630.00%