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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Cape Girardeau is a town in Missouri with a population of 39,092. Cape Girardeau is in Cape Girardeau County. Living in Cape Girardeau offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Cape Girardeau there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Cape Girardeau and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Cape Girardeau are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$141,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$741
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Cape Girardeau Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    386.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    60.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    127.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    631.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,980.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    205.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    21%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Cape Girardeau

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,078
National
$55,322
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Cape Girardeau Reviews

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I've lived in Cape Girardeau for almost a year now. In that time I've learned just how much of a college town it really is. Anything you could want or need is within ten minutes of each other. You can drive through from one end of the town to the other takes about 15 minutes. With so much diversity there is always somewhere to be. However, being a college town you need to be careful as traffic can become very difficult to navigate. There is a percentage of crime including, drugs, fights, shootings, and robberies that occur on a regular basis in certain parts of the town. It's best to stick to well-lit environments and travel in groups at night. At the heart of all this is the Campus for South East Missouri State University. On a school day, thousands of students can be seen traveling between classes and causing long lines at lights as they head for school and look for parking. All in all, Cape Girardeau is a college town.
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I am currently a 17 year old student living in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The public schools, in my experience, have been a solid place for education. I'm not one for the nightlife, but I do know that there are some great establishments in this city which are perfect for a night on the town. Cape Girardeau is relatively safe and has the specific part of town where most people avoid, like any great American town. Cape Girardeau is very diverse and is a great place to live, start a family, and work.
There are college towns, and there are towns with colleges. Cape Girardeau falls towards the latter. A small town in Southeast Missouri, yet the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis. I grew up here all my life, and I both love it and hate it at the same time. Cape Girardeau has a lot to offer - community, food, entertainment, art. There are also areas in which Cape Girardeau can grow - transportation, cleanliness (and friendliness). If you're a creature of habit, then Cape Girardeau is for you. But if you have a taste for adventure and appreciate the serendipitous nature that life has to offer, then maybe you should try somewhere bigger with more opportunities. Overall, my experience here has been a positive one. My friends and family all live here, and it's what I'm comfortable with. But there's a much bigger world out there, and Cape Girardeau simply can't compete on that kind of level.