Cape Girardeau has the 773rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.9% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Cape Girardeau area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Cape Girardeau has the 351st largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Cape Girardeau is below average at $38,180, and the median cost of a home in Cape Girardeau is $129,700, which is below the national average. 32% of workers in Cape Girardeau hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 88% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Cape Girardeau. 83% of Cape Girardeau workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Cape Girardeau spend an average of 14 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.