Cape Girardeau, Missouri Population 2023

40,020

Cape Girardeau is a city located in Cape Girardeau County Missouri. With a 2023 population of 40,020, it is the 17th largest city in Missouri and the 1128th largest city in the United States.Cape Girardeau is currently growing at a rate of 0.4% annually and its population has increased by 1.21% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 39,540 in 2020. Spanning over 29 miles, Cape Girardeau has a population density of 1,377 people per square mile.

The average household income in Cape Girardeau is $65,427 with a poverty rate of 25.09%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Cape Girardeau is 34.4 years, 32.2 years for males, and 37.4 years for females.

Cape Girardeau Demographics

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

  • White: 80.61%
  • Black or African American: 12.67%
  • Asian: 2.99%
  • Two or more races: 2.96%
  • Other race: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
  • Native American: 0.03%
The current population of Cape Girardeau, Missouri is 40,020 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 39,540.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Population 2023

Cape Girardeau Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Asian

Two or more races

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Cape Girardeau Population by Race

Cape Girardeau Population Pyramid 2023

Cape Girardeau Median Age

34.4

Total

32.2

Male

37.4

Female

Cape Girardeau Adults

There are 32,858 adults, (7,388 of whom are seniors) in Cape Girardeau.

Cape Girardeau Age Dependency

57.4

Age Dependency Ratio

29

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Cape Girardeau Sex Ratio

Female20,84651.99%
Male19,25448.01%

Cape Girardeau Population by Age

Cape Girardeau Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.01

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

53.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Cape Girardeau Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Cape Girardeau Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Cape Girardeau Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

Cape Girardeau Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$32,751

Average Earnings

$39,850

Average Male

$27,315

Average Female

Cape Girardeau Earnings by Educational Attainment

Cape Girardeau Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Cape Girardeau Language

94.42% of Cape Girardeau residents speak only English, while 5.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 2.92% of the population.

Cape Girardeau Language

Cape Girardeau Poverty by Race

rate

25.09%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.47%

Male Poverty Rate

22.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cape Girardeau

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cape Girardeau is Hispanic, with 72.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cape Girardeau is Islander, with 2.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.74%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.46%.

Cape Girardeau Poverty

Cape Girardeau Poverty Rate by Education

Cape Girardeau Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Cape Girardeau Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Cape Girardeau Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

37.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.5%

Male Marriage Rate

37.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Cape Girardeau Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 45-54.

Cape Girardeau Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Cape Girardeau Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,308

Number of Veterans

2,205

Male Veterans

103

Female Veterans

Cape Girardeau Veterans by War

Cape Girardeau Veterans by Age

count

Cape Girardeau Veterans by Race

Cape Girardeau Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cape Girardeau Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

59.8%

Labor Force Participation

56.8%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Cape Girardeau Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Cape Girardeau Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Cape Girardeau Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

68.71%

Born in Cape Girardeau

96.74%

Native Born

4.68%

Foreign Born

3.77%

Non Citizen

0.91%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.74% of Cape Girardeau residents were born in the United States, with 68.71% having been born in Missouri. 3.77% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Cape Girardeau Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Cape Girardeau Population by Year