Why Cape Girardeau?

When it comes to selecting a location to live and work, the attractive professional environment at Saint Francis Medical Center is only part of the equation. Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and its surrounding communities, features the family values you would expect from a midsized Midwestern community enhanced by cultural benefits typically found in larger cities.

Cape Girardeau hosts 100,000 residents daily, and is situated two hours south of St. Louis on the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri. This historic city traces its roots to the late 1700s and was the site of a Civil War battle in 1863.

Family Friendly


The city of Cape Girardeau offers 23 parks, a 5.7-mile paved trail and wide range of programs to keep kids young and the not-so-young active year-round. The Parks & Recreation Department supports a variety of fitness programs, along with organized youth and adult sporting activities.

In addition, many community members take advantage of the exercise facilities at Fitness Plus, Saint Francis Medical Center’s award-winning fitness center.


The Cape Girardeau area enjoys one of the most solid economies in the United States, with healthcare and education the dominant industries.

Cape Girardeau was one of only 15 metropolitan statistical areas that actually grew during the recession, with Saint Francis Healthcare System playing a major role as the area’s largest employer.


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High-quality schools are one of the major factors that make Cape Girardeau a great place to raise a family. The area offers a wide range of public and private schools at each level of the educational spectrum, including one of the top 50 Catholic Schools in the nation.

Southeast Missouri State University is the city’s third-largest employer and gives Cape Girardeau a college-town vibe. The university’s athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Social Life

Cape Girardeau features a vibrant social scene consisting of top-notch restaurants, including Celebrations Restaurant and Bar, a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence the past several years. Downtown Cape Girardeau, known locally as Old Town Cape, offers an eclectic mix of dining, fine arts, shopping and entertainment.

The area also boasts one of the top-ranked golf clubs in all of Missouri in Dalhousie Golf Club, a private residential course designed by Gary Nicklaus.