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Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

63701, 63702, 63703, 63705

City of Roses on the River
Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales

Page Contents for Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Missouri state capital is Jefferson City.
The population of Cape Girardeau is approximately 37,156 (2007), 37941 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 15,827 (2000), 15205 (2010).
The amount of land area in Cape Girardeau is 59.582 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Cape Girardeau is 24.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.093 sq kilometers.
The distance from Cape Girardeau to Washington DC is 719 miles.
The distance to the Missouri state capital is 173 miles. (as the crow flies)
Cape Girardeau is positioned 37.30 degrees north of the equator and 89.55 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Cape Girardeau elevation is 351 feet above sea level.
Cape Girardeau per capita income is $ 18,918 (2000).
Cape Girardeau median income is $ 41,052 (2007).
The Cape Girardeau median home price is $ 124,204 (2007).
Cape Girardeau average annual rainfall is 45.4 inches per year
Cape Girardeau average annual snowfall is 11 inches per year.
Cape Girardeau average temperature is 57.48 degrees. degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 33.17 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 80 degrees F.


on I-55 on the west bank of the Mississippi River, 110 miles south of St Louis, Missouri and 160 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee. Other nearby communities include East Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Kelso, Dutchtown, Gordonville, Jackson and Chaffee all in Missouri and Thebes in Illinois.
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seasonal. There is an annual average snowfall of 11 inches.
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History & History Related Items

A French officer and fur trader, Sieur Jean B. Girardot came to Cape Rock around 1733. The name "Cape Girardeau" came from the combing of his name and Cape Rock. The cape was later demolished during railroad construction years later. About 1792, Louis Lorimier came as Spain's agent in Indian affairs. He began building the city after receiving large land grants. After being plotted in 1806, the town was incorporated in 1808. The area was part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.

The old 20 foot bridge across the Mississippi was built in September 1928 and replaced a ferry. In December 2003, a new four lane cable stay bridge was completed and named the Bill Emerson Memorial Bidge for former US Representative Bill Emerson who helped to get the funding to build the bridge.

Cape Girardeau was also known to some as "The City of Roses" because of a nine-mile stretch of highway that was once lined with dozens of rose bushes. Although there used to be many prominent rose gardens around the community, few of these gardens are in existence today.

Try this history page for the city. Here is another history page for Cape Girardeau.
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The settling of Cape Girardeau

1733 by trader and French soldier, Jean B. Girardot

The founding of Cape Girardeau

1793, January 4 by Louis Lorimier

The incorporation of Cape Girardeau

1808 (as a town before Missouri statehood); Re-incorporated 1843 as a city.


The city is often referred to as simply - Cape, by the locals.

Cape Giardeau Tourism

The Capaha Rose Garden
Capaha Park
Corner of Perry Avenue & Parkview St.
Cape Girardeau MO 63701
over 200 varities in one display garden of almost 1000 plants -maintained by the Cape Girardeau Garden Clubs

Historical sites in the area.

SEMO District Fair
held each year in September.

Noted Notables

Rush Limbaugh - TV and radio (Rush Limbaugh)

Linda M. Godwin - NASA Astronaut Linda Godwin - Astronaut - born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri - July 2, 1952

Billy Swan, Singer, Songwriter, Musician
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Economy & Industry

There are over 29 different industries are in the cape Girardeau area.
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Cape Girardeau City Government

City of Cape Girardeau
P.O. Box 617
401 Independence
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Phone: (573) 334-1212

The form of government in Cape Girardeau is that of a City Manager and a City Council. There is a six member City Council. The Mayor is elected at large for four years. The City Council members are elected from six wards and their terms are staggered.

Cape Girardeau Police Department

Cape Girardeau Fire Department

Cape Girardeau Chamber

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Chamber of Commerce

Cape Girardeau Community News

I Am Looking for my Family
I am looking for any one who know anyone with the last name of POLITTE, PORTELL, & CHAMP. I am looking for my family & would appreciate any help I can get. My e-mail is
Thanks, Janet
The Southeast Missourian - a morning daily paper.

Cape Girardeau Organizations

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Chamber of Commerce

Cape Girardeau Libraries

Cape Girardeau Public Library
711 N Clark St
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: (573) 334-5279
See the website for information on the new library and temporary location info. Expected date of completion is April 2009.

Cape Girardeau Schools

Cape Girardeau Public Schools
301 North Clark Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701 Phone: 573-335-1867

Notre Dame Regional High School
265 Notre Dame Dr.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Phone: 573-335-6772
Fax: 573-335-3458
A Christian value-centered education rooted in Roman Catholic tradition.


Southeast Missouri State University
Postal Address: One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Telephone Number: (573) 651-2000 Cape Girardeau


The city is approximately 110 miles southeast of the 1990 population center of the U. S. (Steelville, Missouri).
the population of Cape Girardeau was:
1990 - 34,475
2000 - 35,349
2005 - 36,472
2006 - 36,621
2007 - 37,156

Number of Housing Units was:
1990 - 14,627
2000 - 15,827

Median age:
2000 - 33.6 years

Median household income:
1990 - $ 31,714
2000 - $ 32,452
2007 - $ 41,052

Median house value:
2000 - $ 88,800
2007 - $ 124,204

Per Capita income:
1990 - $ 15,173
2000 - $ 18,918

Cape Girardeau is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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