The latest census figures says Cape Girardeau County ranks ninth among 114 counties in the state in the percentage of population growth over the past five years. The county grew by 2,898 people, or 3.8 percent, between 2010 and 2015. The county’s population stands at an estimated 78,572. Census statistics say the county’s growth has been fueled to a great extent by population growth in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, which ranked 15th and 19th, respectively, in the total number of people added to Missouri municipalities from 2010 to 2014. Census figures show Cape Girardeau grew by 1,172 people, or 3.1 percent. Jackson grew by 929 people, a 6.8 percent increase. Cape Girardeau had an estimated 39,167 residents as of 2014. Jackson had 14,677 residents.