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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 for 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.