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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 39,323. Cape Girardeau is in Cape Girardeau County and is one of the best places to live in Missouri. Living in Cape Girardeau offers residents a sparse 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
$144,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$790
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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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
    307.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    132.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    636.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,088.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    185.7
    284

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
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Cape Girardeau

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,383
National
$55,322
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Cape Girardeau Reviews

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Cape Girardeau is a cute little town with a bunch of eateries and bars. There is a ton of places to go out with friends to socialize. Cape is also centered locally, so it is an easy drive to the surrounding big cities, like St. Louis. But there is plenty of shopping, eating, and activities in Cape Girardeau. It also hosts Southeast Missouri State and two great hospitals. It is a great little town and I enjoy living here!
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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.
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.