Data released by the .U.S. Census Buru revealed that Cape Girardeau County’s population grew at a rate of almost three times quicker than most other parts of the state over the past ten years. Census data is utilized by states, municipalities and counties to establish congressional and state legislative districts, city government, wards and school district wards among others. As of April 1, 2020, officials said Cape Girardeau County’s population was 81,710 and this is nearly eight percent more than in 2010 when the county’s population was 75,674. Meanwhile, the state’s population growth over the past ten years was only 2.8 percent from 5,988,927 in 2010 to 6,154,913 in 2020. The county’s population growth was due to a significant population boom in Jackson, which experienced a 12.5% growth over the past ten years. Data from the .U.S. Census Buru revealed that Jackson’s population increased from 13,758 in 2010 to 15,481.