Study: SEMO students spend $63 million in Cape Girardeau

Monday, October 8, 2012 | 7:27 a.m. CDT; updated 9:39 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 8, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A new study shows that students at Southeast Missouri State University provide a huge boost to the region's economy.

The Southeast Missourian reported that a study released by the university Friday found students spend more than $63 million locally on everything from rent to food to tattoos over the nine-month school year.

University officials say the report can be useful for those looking to open a business in Cape Girardeau, or trying to reach the student demographic in the region.

The largest spending by students was $10.8 million for groceries, with $7 million each spent for gas and rent.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.