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Cookeville, Tennessee


Cookeville, Tennessee

Cookeville, Tennessee
Downtown Cookeville, viewed from Dogwood Park
Downtown Cookeville, viewed from Dogwood Park
Nickname(s): Hub of the Upper Cumberland
Location in Putnam County and the state of Tennessee.
Location in Putnam County and the state of Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Putnam
Founded 1854[1]
Incorporated 1903[2]
Named for Richard F. Cooke
 • Type City Council
 • Mayor Ricky Shelton
 • Total 22.0 sq mi (57.0 km2)
 • Land 21.9 sq mi (56.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation 1,140 ft (350 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 31,010 (city proper)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-16920[3]
GNIS feature ID 1647827[4]

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Its population at the 2010 census was 30,435.[5] It is the county seat of Putnam County[6] and home to Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of the country's micropolitan areas, smaller cities which nevertheless function as significant economic hubs. Of the twenty micropolitan areas in Tennessee, Cookeville is the largest; the Cookeville micropolitan area's 2010 Census population was 106,042.[7]


  • Geography 1
  • Economy 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
  • Media 5
    • Newspapers 5.1
    • Internet Media 5.2
    • Radio stations 5.3
    • Television stations 5.4
  • ZIP codes 6
  • Notable people 7
  • Points of interest 8
  • Museums 9
  • Performing arts 10
  • Climate 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


Burgess Falls

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.0 square miles (57 km2), of which 21.9 square miles (57 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.77%) is water.

Average annual temperature, 57 °F (14 °C). Monthly average high, January 52.9 °F (11.6 °C). and July 88 °F (31 °C). Monthly average low, January 37.2 °F (2.9 °C). Average annual precipitation, 51", Average annual snowfall, 8". Prevailing wind, SE. Mean length of freeze free period, 211 days, Average relative humidity: 12:00 Midnight - 79%; 6 am - 85%; Noon - 48%; 6 p.m. - 62%. Altitude 1,140 feet (350 m) above sea level.

Cookeville is located approximately 80 miles (130 km) east of Nashville and 100 miles (160 km) west of Knoxville on Interstate 40. Chattanooga is approximately 90 miles (140 km) to the south on Appalachian Corridor J, or Tennessee Highway 111.

Located on the Highland Rim, Cookeville's elevation is a few hundred feet higher than either Nashville or Knoxville. As a result, temperatures and humidity levels are generally slightly lower in Cookeville than in either the Nashville Basin or in the Tennessee Valley.

Three man-made lakes maintained by the Corps of Engineers are located near Cookeville, created to help flood control in the narrow valleys of the Cumberland Plateau: Center Hill Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, and Dale Hollow Lake. Two smaller man-made lakes, City Lake and Burgess Falls Lake, lie along the Falling Water River, which flows through the southeastern part of the county. Cane Creek Lake, created by an earthen dam built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, lies in the western part of the city.


Cookeville Mall
Interstate Drive
  • Known as the "Hub of the Upper Cumberlands," approximately 25,000 people travel to Cookeville daily to work, shop, or attend school.
  • Cookeville's 2005 retail sales total of $1.16 billion was a 12.4% increase from the 2004 retail sales total. The state's increase was 7.86%.
  • The December 2006 unemployment rate was 4.7%, down from a high of 6.8% in August 2006 after the closing of two large manufacturing facilities with 1300 employees combined.
  • Manufacturing is the largest sector in Cookeville's economy with over 100 plants and 8,000 employees. In 2006 Oreck manufacturing moved their Long Beach, Mississippi plant to Cookeville after Hurricane Katrina. Oreck employs about 500 people and is a prominent business in the region.
  • With 13% of the workforce, retail trade employs about 4,200 people and is the second largest sector in the Cookeville economy.
  • Health care workers comprise about 12% of the work force with 3,840 employees.
  • Education is another major sector with nearly 2,000 employees at Tennessee Technological University and the public school system.
  • In June 2006 Cookeville banks had $1.215 billion in deposits, an increase of 10.2 percent over June 2005. In June 2006 there were 30 bank branches in Cookeville, an increase of three over June 2005.
  • The trucking company Averitt Express is based in Cookeville.

Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and FDIC


As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 30,435 people, 12,471 households, and 6,669 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,094.5 people per square mile (422.5/km²). There were 13,706 housing units at an average density of 491.6 per square mile (189.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.9% White, 3.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 4.0% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.0% of the population.

There were 12,471 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37% were married couples living together, 12% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 25.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,789, and the median income for a family was $39,623. Males had a median income of $28,013 versus $21,710 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,297. About 13.1% of families and 23.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.1% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.


Cookeville High School
  • Cookeville is home to Tennessee Technological University and its 12,158 students. Tennessee Tech is ranked among the Top Public Schools in the South and among the top 40 Best Universities-Master's in U.S. News & World Report's 2005 edition of "America's Best Colleges." TTU was also ranked among the Top Public Schools in the South in the 2003 and 2005 college guides. In 2009, the Princeton Review listed TTU among the 141 "Best Southeastern Colleges"; also home of the Mastersingers and the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, led by R. Winston Morris.[11]
  • Cookeville High School is the largest non-metropolitan school in the state and is one of only eight schools in Tennessee to offer the International Baccalaureate program. The other seven Tennessee schools with the program are in Memphis, Metro Nashville or Tri-Cities, Tennessee. They are also the only high school in the county to have an Army JROTC program. The school has accomplished sports programs as well as a state-ranked academic team. The head principal of Cookeville High School is Lane Ward, while there are several assistant principals for the school.[12] Cookeville High School places emphasis on student leadership and input through its Student Congress.[13]
  • Cookeville is home to a campus of Nashville State Community College.
  • Medvance Institute also provides higher education in medical and technical fields.
  • Tennessee Bible College is a Christian college affiliated with the Churches of Christ.


Cookeville is home to one daily newspaper, a monthly business journal, 9 FM radio stations, 3 AM stations, and 2 television stations.


  • The Herald-Citizen daily newspaper
  • Cumberland Business Journal monthly business newspaper serving the 14-county Upper Cumberland area, including Cookeville

Internet Media

  • The Cookeville Times

Radio stations

  • WTTU 88.5 FM Tennessee Tech student alternative radio
  • WAYM 90.5 Christian Hit Radio
  • WWOG 90.9 Christian Radio
  • WHRS 91.7 NPR Radio simulcast with WPLN Nashville
  • WGSQ 94.7 FM Country Giant radio
  • WKSW 98.5 Kiss FM Top 40 Radio
  • WKXD-FM 106.9 Kicks FM Country radio
  • WBXE Rock 93.7 FM Rock radio
  • WLQK 95.9 FM Light Rock radio
  • WJNU 96.9 FM Life Talk radio
  • WATX 1600 AM News Talk radio
  • WPTN AM 780 Sports Talk radio
  • WHUB AM 1400 News Talk radio

Television stations

ZIP codes

U.S Post Office and Courthouse

Cookeville has five ZIP codes: 38501, 38502, 38503, 38505 (Tennessee Tech), and 38506. 38502 and 38503 are P O box (only) ZIP codes; 38505 and 38506 are assigned to P O boxes at Tennessee Tech and Algood, respectively, with 38506 also covering street addresses. 38505 is used exclusively for the university.

Notable people

Points of interest

Cane Creek Lake


The Cookeville Depot Museum
  • Cookeville Depot Museum
  • Cookeville History Museum
  • Cookeville Children's Museum
  • Derryberry Art Gallery
  • Cumberland Art Society and Gallery
  • Appalachian Center for Craft Gallery

Performing arts

Dogwood Outdoor Performance Pavilion
  • Cookeville Community Band
  • Cookeville Children's Theatre
  • Dogwood Outdoor Performance Pavilion
  • Bryan Symphony Orchestra
  • Bryan Fine Arts Center
  • Mastersingers
  • Cookeville Performing Arts Center
  • Backdoor Playhouse
  • Drama Center Backstage
  • Wesley Arena Theatre
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Brown Bag Lunch Concerts


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cookeville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]


  1. ^ Cookeville Regional Planning Commission, "Comprehensive Future Land Use Plan, Cookeville, Tennessee, 1999–2020," 5 October 2000, p. 3. Retrieved: 16 January 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses".  
  10. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ [3],; accessed April 22, 2014.
  12. ^
  13. ^ [4]
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Cookeville, Tennessee

External links

  • Cookeville City Website
  • Weather Underground
  • Sightseeing map of Cookeville (pdf)
  • Site listing public official scandals
  • Upper Cumberland Information
  • Cookeville Weather Information
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