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The 2000 Census showed that Cape Girardeau County had a population of 68,693 people. This represented 1.23% of the total population of Missouri, making it the state's 14th most populous county (out of 115 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Cape Girardeau had a population of 73,957 people. This is an increase of 7.66% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201075,674+10.16%+2.32% since 2009
200973,957+7.66%+1.01% since 2008
200873,217+6.59%+0.79% since 2007
200772,643+5.75%+0.68% since 2006
200672,149+5.03%+1.42% since 2005
200571,141+3.56%+0.73% since 2004
200470,622+2.81%+1.16% since 2003
200369,813+1.63%+0.43% since 2002
200269,514+1.2%+0.41% since 2001
200169,231+0.78%+0.78% since 2000
200068,693The Last Census

Cape Girardeau County had 29,434 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Cape Girardeau County has a total area<3> of 586 square miles [1,518 km²]. Of this total, 578 square miles [1,498 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.31%) being water (7.67 square miles [19.86 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Cape Girardeau County had a population density of 118.7 people per square mile [45.84 people/km²], making it the state's 13th most densely populated county (out of 115 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Cape Girardeau County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Cape Girardeau and the state of Missouri.

Click here for the Cape Girardeau County QuickFact (QF-29031).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Cape Girardeau County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Cape GirardeauQF-291124237,65735,3496.53%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Cape Girardeau County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Alexander (IL)QF-17003   SE7,9149,590-17.48%
Union (IL)QF-17181   E18,00518,293-1.57%
BollingerQF-29017   W11,84112,029-1.56%
PerryQF-29157   NW18,84718,1323.94%
ScottQF-29201   S40,85540,4221.07%
StoddardQF-29207   SW29,06929,705-2.14%

The Mississippi River runs along the eastern border of the county.

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Census QuickFact for Cape Girardeau County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Cape Girardeau. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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