Cape Girardeau, MO
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Cape Girardeau is a medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 39,462 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Cape Girardeau is the 16th largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cape Girardeau is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cape Girardeau is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cape Girardeau who work in office and administrative support (16.63%), sales jobs (13.90%), and food service (8.94%).

Cape Girardeau is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Cape Girardeau enrolled in college, Cape Girardeau has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.20 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Cape Girardeau citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.74% of adults in Cape Girardeau have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cape Girardeau in 2010 was $22,629, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,516 for a family of four. However, Cape Girardeau contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cape Girardeau is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cape Girardeau home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cape Girardeau residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cape Girardeau include Irish, English, French , and European.

The most common language spoken in Cape Girardeau is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.