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Census: Jackson leads the way as county grows

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Explosive growth in the City of Jackson has helped push the population of Cape Girardeau County to new heights, 2020 census figures show.

The number of people who call Jackson home jumped from 13,754 in 2010 to 15,481 in 2020, an increase of 1,727.

Jackson experienced the greatest growth rate in Cape County — 12.5 percent. Our city’s growth helped push the county’s overall growth rate to 8 percent.

The population of the entire county grew from 75,674 in 2010 to 81,710 in April 2020, an increase of 2,839.

The City of Cape Girardeau saw its population grow from 37,973 to 39,540. That is 1,567 new residents who call Cape home, a growth rate of 3.5 percent.

Some other statistics we might find interesting about this area from the 2020 census:

Men are outnumbered by women. Females make up 53.2 percent of the population of Jackson, 52.3 percent of Cape’s population, and 51.6 percent of the population of the county.

Racially speaking, Jackson is 94.8 percent white, compared to Cape, which is 81.2 percent white, and the entire county, which is 87.5 percent white. Black or African Americans make up 2.3 percent of Jackson’s population, 12.8 percent of Cape’s population, and 7.9 percent of the county population. There are very small percentages of Asians, American Indians, Hispanic, Latino, Hawaiian Pacific Islander or Alaskan natives.

Jackson is home to 916 veterans; Cape has 2,478 and there are 5,055 in the entire county.

Computer and Internet usage has grown over the years, but not every home has a computer or Internet access.

Jackson reports 93.4 percent of its homes have computers and 87.7 have Internet access. In Cape, the numbers are 89.5 and 84 percent respectively. The entire county reports 90 percent of its homes have computers and 83.6 percent have Internet.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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