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Quick Facts – Cape Girardeau Area
  • 300,513 live within a 40-mile radius of Cape Girardeau County
  • Population of Cape Girardeau County, MO:  78,572
  • Population of Scott County, MO:  39,008
  • Labor Force (All Industries) within 30-mile radius – 85,982
  • Current Unemployment for Cape Girardeau County – 4.7% (September 2016)
  • Current Unemployment in Southeast Region - 5.8% (September 2016)  
  • Median household income for Cape Girardeau County - $43,280
The Cape Girardeau Region offers a competitive and complete range of transportation services.

This, coupled with the areas central location in the United States, makes this region one of the nation’s most cost-effective places for sending and receiving goods:

  • 17 Motor Freight Carriers & 15 Trucking Terminals are located within the Cape Girardeau area,
  • Interstate 55 strategically traverses through the center of the region (as well as close proximity to Interstates 57 and 24),
  • River Port access to all five modes of transportation at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority,
  • Rail Service – Two major rail systems serve the Cape Girardeau region including Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and Union Pacific Railroad (UP). The Port Authority also operates the SEMO Port Railroad (SE).  
  • Airport & Air Transportation Services – Cape Girardeau Regional Airport offers daily flights to St. Louis and also provides Air Charter services.