Cape Girardeau, MO

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Population

39,092

0.276% decline

Median Age

33.1


Median Household Income

$42,078

0.972% growth

Poverty Rate

24.6%


Number of Employees

18,485

0.298% growth

Median Property Value

$141,500

5.2% growth

About

In 2017, Cape Girardeau, MO had a population of 39.1k people with a median age of 33.1 and a median household income of $42,078. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cape Girardeau, MO declined from 39,200 to 39,092, a -0.276% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,673 to $42,078, a 0.972% increase.

The population of Cape Girardeau, MO is 79.4% White Alone, 14.3% Black or African American Alone, and 2.25% Asian Alone. 5.23% of the people in Cape Girardeau, MO speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cape Girardeau, MO are Southeast Missouri State University (2,160 degrees awarded in 2016), Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (125 degrees), and Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences (114 degrees).

The median property value in Cape Girardeau, MO is $141,500, and the homeownership rate is 53.4%. Most people in Cape Girardeau, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Cape Girardeau, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Cape Girardeau, MO employs 18.5k people. The largest industries in Cape Girardeau, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,536 people), Educational Services (2,589 people), and Retail Trade (2,393 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($58,816), Utilities ($57,500), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,866).

Median household income in Cape Girardeau, MO is $42,078. Males in Cape Girardeau, MO have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,527. The income inequality in Cape Girardeau, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,078

2017 value

± $1,737

0.972%

1 Year Growth

± 5.54%

Households in Cape Girardeau, MO have a median annual income of $42,078, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,673 in 2016, which represents a 0.972% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,788

Average Male Salary

± $1,357

$43,527

Average Female Salary

± $948

In 2017, full-time male employees in Cape Girardeau, MO made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $57,564 ± $7,422

  2. White

    $46,113 ± $833

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,513 ± $18,949

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Cape Girardeau, MO workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cape Girardeau, MO is from Missouri.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0515% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Missouri across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8812

  2. Census Tract 8806

  3. Census Tract 8807

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cape Girardeau, MO was Census Tract 8812 with a value of $64,401, followed by Census Tract 8806 and Census Tract 8807, with respective values of $56,463 and $55,938.

The following map shows all of the places in Cape Girardeau, MO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cape Girardeau, MO (8.9k out of 36.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    5,597 ± 639

  2. Black

    2,251 ± 328

  3. Asian

    632 ± 197

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cape Girardeau, MO is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

18.5k

2017 Value

± 961

0.298%

1 Year growth

± 7.18%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cape Girardeau, MO grew at a rate of 0.298%, from 18.4k employees to 18.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cape Girardeau, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,546 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,042 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,789 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cape Girardeau, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cape Girardeau, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,546 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,042 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,789 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Cape Girardeau, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.65 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.61 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.56 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cape Girardeau, MO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($83,500), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,313), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,201).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.5k

2017 Value

± 961

0.298%

1 Year growth

± 7.18%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cape Girardeau, MO grew at a rate of 0.298%, from 18.4k employees to 18.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cape Girardeau, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,536 people), Educational Services (2,589 people), and Retail Trade (2,393 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cape Girardeau, MO, though some of these residents may live in Cape Girardeau, MO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cape Girardeau, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,536 people), Educational Services (2,589 people), and Retail Trade (2,393 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Cape Girardeau, MO has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.59 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.51 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cape Girardeau, MO, by median earnings, are Information ($58,816), Utilities ($57,500), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,866).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.7B

  2. $24B

  3. $22.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $27.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $24B and Mixed freight and $22.8B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Missouri products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$272B

2015 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

59.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Missouri trade was $272B. This is expected to increase 59.4% to $433B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Missouri trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.1B

  2. $13.5B

  3. $9.57B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.1B, followed by Kansas with $13.5B and Texas and $9.57B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Missouri shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.1% of the population of Cape Girardeau, MO has health coverage, with 52.1% on employee plans, 12.2% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.77% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Cape Girardeau, MO was $8,107 in 2014. This is a 3.14% increase from the previous year ($7,860).

Primary care physicians in Cape Girardeau, MO see 1418 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0706% increase from the previous year (1417 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1806 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 588 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.2%). Additionally, DeKalb County and Marion County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,418 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Missouri see an average of 1,418 patients per year. This represents a 0.0706% increase from the previous year (1,417 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,107

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,354

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,457

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Missouri (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.14%, from $7,860 to $8,107.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.92%

Uninsured

52.1%

Employer Coverage

12.2%

Medicaid

12.8%

Medicare

11.2%

Non-Group

1.77%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cape Girardeau, MO grew by 5.63% from 9.39% to 9.92%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cape Girardeau, MO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.2% prevalence

  2. 14.9% prevalence

  3. 14.8% prevalence

Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 15.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Missouri by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cape Girardeau, MO is home to a population of 39.1k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.18% of Cape Girardeau, MO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Cape Girardeau, MO is composed of 31k White Alone residents (79.4%), 5.59k Black or African American Alone residents (14.3%), 881 Asian Alone residents (2.25%), 754 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.93%), 732 Two or More Races residents (1.87%), 97 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.248%), 13 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0333%), and 2 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00512%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cape Girardeau, MO are Spanish or Spanish Creole (493 speakers), Chinese (283 speakers), and Other Indic Languages (204 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.5

25

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cape Girardeau, MO was 33.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 25. But people in Cape Girardeau, MO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cape Girardeau, MO residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.18%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.18% of Cape Girardeau, MO residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cape Girardeau, MO was 4.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,972 ± 5,012 people

  2. India

    19,111 ± 3,389 people

  3. China

    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Cape Girardeau, MO was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Cape Girardeau, MO residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of Cape Girardeau, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cape Girardeau, MO was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    31k ± 485

  2. Black or African American Alone

    5.59k ± 432

  3. Asian Alone

    881 ± 187

In 2017, there were 5.55 times more White Alone residents (31k people) in Cape Girardeau, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.59k Black or African American Alone and 881 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cape Girardeau, MO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    493 speakers (1.34%)

  2. Chinese

    283 speakers (0.769%)

  3. Other Indic Languages

    204 speakers (0.554%)

5.23% of Cape Girardeau, MO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Cape Girardeau, MO was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.34% of the overall population of Cape Girardeau, MO are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.769% speak Chinese and 0.554% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    808 ± 186

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    320 ± 155

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    253 ± 123

Cape Girardeau, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Cape Girardeau, MO awarded 2,455 degrees. The student population of Cape Girardeau, MO is skewed towards women, with 5,186 male students and 7,321 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cape Girardeau, MO are White (1,916 and 86.9%), followed by Black or African American (184 and 8.35%), Hispanic or Latino (37 and 1.68%), and Unknown (30 and 1.36%).

The largest universities in Cape Girardeau, MO by number of degrees awarded are Southeast Missouri State University (2,160 and 88%), Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (125 and 5.09%), and Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences (114 and 4.64%).

The most popular majors in Cape Girardeau, MO are Registered Nursing (224 and 9.12%), General Studies (147 and 5.99%), and General Business Administration & Management (140 and 5.7%).

The median tuition costs in Cape Girardeau, MO are $16,380 for private four year colleges, and $5,979 and $11,364 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 117 degrees awarded

  2. 147 degrees awarded

  3. 118 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Cape Girardeau, MO was Speech Communication & Rhetoric with 117 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Cape Girardeau, MO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,160 degrees awarded

  2. 125 degrees awarded

  3. 114 degrees awarded

$5,979

Median In-State Public

$16,380

Median Private

In 2016, the Cape Girardeau, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southeast Missouri State University with 2,160 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

899

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,556

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 899 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cape Girardeau, MO, which is 0.578 times less than the 1,556 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,916 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    184 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    37 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cape Girardeau, MO were to White students. These 1,916 degrees mean that there were 10.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 184 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cape Girardeau, MO was $141,500 in 2017, which is 0.65 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $134,500 to $141,500, a 5.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Cape Girardeau, MO is 53.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cape Girardeau, MO have an average commute time of 15.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cape Girardeau, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$42,078

Median Household Income

± $1,737

15.3k

Number of Households

± 833

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.3k households in Cape Girardeau, MO grew to $42,078 from the previous year's value of $41,673.

The following chart displays the households in Cape Girardeau, MO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$141,500

2017 Median

± $5,928

$134,500

2016 Median

± $5,052

In 2017, the median property value in Cape Girardeau, MO grew to to $141,500 from the previous year's value of $134,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cape Girardeau, MO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cape Girardeau, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cape Girardeau, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cape Girardeau, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

53.4%

2017 Homeownership

53.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 53.4% of the housing units in Cape Girardeau, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 53.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cape Girardeau, MO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cape Girardeau, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cape Girardeau, MO have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

15.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cape Girardeau, MO have a shorter commute time (15.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.14% of the workforce in Cape Girardeau, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.65%

  3. Walked

    3.76%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cape Girardeau, MO was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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