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Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Cape Girardeau (pronounced /ˈkʰeɪp dʒəˈɹɑɹdoʊ) (French: Cap-Girardeau, pronounced /kap ʒiʀaʀdo/) is a city located in the county of the same name in Missouri, 100 miles south of Saint Louis. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 35,349.

The city is named after Jean Baptiste Girardot, a French soldier who established a temporary trading post in the area around 1733. The town of Cape Girardeau was incorporated in 1808, prior to Missouri statehood, and was reincorporated as a city in 1843. The advent of the steamboat in 1835 led it to become the biggest port on the Mississippi River between Saint Louis and Memphis.

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Trivia

  • The city is home to Southeast Missouri State University.
  • Talk radio star Rush Limbaugh was born to a prominent family of lawyers in Cape Girardeau; some "dittoheads" make pilgrimages there. [1]
  • Since 1964 the city has been protected by a floodwall which saved the city from the Great Flood of 1993. A two-block span of the wall is covered with murals depicting scenes of the history of the area as well as a mural now known as the Missouri Wall of Fame
  • The city is not the county seat of Cape Girardeau County as some visitors mistakenly assume. The county seat of Cape Girardeau County is Jackson, Missouri
  • The city is known to some as "The City of Roses" because of a rose display garden in Capaha Park.
  • The "cape" that the city is named after no longer exists. A rock which remains from the previously existing cape can be seen on a promontory which overlooks the Mississippi River in Cape Rock Park.
  • The city has been called "The only inland cape in the world."
  • In December of 2003, a new four-lane suspension bridge crossing the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau was opened. Its official name is "The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge." The two towers of the bridge reach a height of approximately 91 meters.

Geography

Cape Girardeau is located at 37°18'33" North, 89°32'47" West (37.309042, -89.546498)1.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.4 mi² (16,875 acres or 68.4 km²).

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 35,349 people, 14,380 households, and 8,297 families residing in the city. The population density is 562.4/km² (1,456.5/mi²). There are 15,827 housing units at an average density of 251.8/km² (652.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 87.32% White, 9.30% Black or African American, 1.13% Asian, 0.39% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 14,380 households out of which 25.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% are married couples living together, 10.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% are non-families. 33.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.24 and the average family size is 2.90.

In the city the population is spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 18.4% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $32,452, and the median income for a family is $43,917. Males have a median income of $31,575 versus $21,392 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,918. 15.2% of the population and 8.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 16.5% of those under the age of 18 and 8.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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