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Cairo is a city in Alexander County, in the Cape Girardeau-Jackson metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the city in Egypt.

The latitude of Cairo is 37.005N. The longitude is -89.176W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 322 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,462.


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Median household income
Local
$21,607
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Cairo demographic reports
Cairo is on a peninsula where the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi.
Ulysses S. Grant was headquartered here in 1861.

Once a center for cottonseed oil.

Setting for fictional town of Eden, in Charles Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit."
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Pronunciations: KAY-ro
Quotes:
As Cairo is of all towns in America the most desolate, so is its hotel the most forlorn and wretched.
-- North America
Anthony Trollope

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Cairo demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Alexander County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62914 ZIP code.

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7% of Cairo residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Cairo ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Cairo was $16,220, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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7% of Cairo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Cairo include Cairo Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Cairo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $176.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $595.


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Libraries in Cairo include Cairo Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Cairo include Cairo Citizen

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Alexander County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Cairo political report.

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The average commute time for Cairo workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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“ As Cairo is of all towns in America the most desolate, so is its hotel the most forlorn and wretched. ”
~ North America
Anthony Trollope

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