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Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

US county information
NameCape Girardeau County
StateMissouri
SeatJackson
Largest cityCape Girardeau
US Area
Total Area586.29 sq mi (1518.5 km2)
Land Area578.62 sq mi (1498.6 km2)
Water Area7.67 sq mi (19.9 km2)
Population75764 (2010)
Density49.8/km2 (129/sq mi)
Named forEnsign Sieur Jean Baptiste de Girardot (also spelled Girardeau or Girardat) and a rock
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Cape Girardeau County is a county located in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the county's population was 75,764. While the largest city in the county is Cape Girardeau, the county seat is actually Jackson, which was the first city named in honor of President Andrew Jackson . The county was officially organized on October 1, 1812.

Cape Girardeau County is the central hub of the Cape Girardeau - Jackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is the site of the oldest cold case in the state of Missouri. Bonnie Huffman, a 20-year-old schoolteacher, was found murdered in a ditch just outside of Delta on July 2, 1954.


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