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Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 23,923 at the 2000 census. The 2004 Census estimate of Cookeville's population is 27,648, and the combined total of those living in Cookeville's ZIP codes in 2000 is 55,448. It is the county seat of Putnam CountyGR6 and home to Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of the country's micropolitan areas, smaller towns which nevertheless function as significant economic hubs. Ranked as having the strongest economy among Tennessee's twenty micropolitan areas, Cookeville is the largest in the state, with a 2006 population of 99,942.
Cookeville is located at 36°9?51?N, 85°30?15?W (36.164202, -85.504295)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.0 square miles (57.1 kmē), of which, 21.9 square miles (56.6 kmē) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 kmē) of it (0.77%) is water.
Average annual temperature, 57 degrees F. Monthly average high,
January 52.9 degrees F. and July 88 degrees F. Monthly average low,
January 67.2 degrees F. 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 above sea level.
Cookeville is located approximately 80 miles east of Nashville and
100 miles west of Knoxville on Interstate 40. Chattanooga is
approximately 90 miles to the south on Appalachian Corridor J, or
Tennessee Highway 111.
Located on the first tier of the Cumberland Plateau, 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.
- 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
- 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. Oreck
is moving into the vacated TRW facility in Cookeville. TRW employed
approximately 400 people at their Cookeville facility before closing in
2006. As of December 2006 Oreck had 120 employees in Cookeville and has
announced its intention to move another 400 jobs from Mississippi to
the Cookeville facility. Also in 2006,after nearly 30 years of being in
business in Cookeville Russell Stover Candies
laid off 900 employees. The former Russell Stover manufacturing
facility is now used as a warehouse for candy and employs 30 people.
- Even with the loss of 900 Russell Stover and 400 TRW manufacturing
jobs, over-all employment in Cookeville increased by over 1200 between
August 2006 and March 2007, resulting in 33,510 jobs in Cookeville and
a March 2007 unemployment rate of 4.5 percent.
- 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 branches over June
Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and FDIC
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 23,923 people, 9,938 households, and 5,316 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,094.5 people per square mile (422.5/kmē). There were 10,746
housing units at an average density of 491.6/sq mi (189.8/kmē). The
racial makeup of the city was 91.11% White, 2.91% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.88% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.61% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.22% of the population.
There were 9,938 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples
living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband
present, and 46.5% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made
up of individuals and 11.8% 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 18.0% 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 $26,533, 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 $17,684. 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 is home to Tennessee Technological University
and its 10,300 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. This year, The Princeton
Review also listed TTU as "Best Southeastern College."
- Cookeville High School is the largest non-metropolitan school in the state and is one of only five schools in Tennessee to offer the International Baccalaureate program. The other four Tennessee schools with the program are all in Nashville or Franklin.
- Cookeville is home to a campus of Nashville State Community College.
- Medvance Institute also provides higher education in medical and technical fields.
Cookeville is home to one daily newspaper, a monthly business
journal, 8 FM radio stations, 3 AM stations, 2 television stations, and
several weekly shoppers.
Radio stations links
Television stations links
Weekly shoppers links
Cookeville has five ZIP codes: 38501, 38502, 38503, 38505 (Tennessee Tech), and 38506
Harold E. Martin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman, was the former co-owner of the Herald Citizen.
J. J. Redick, basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the NBA.
Points of interest
Cookeville government links
Putnam County Court House
The Cookeville Depot Museum
Cookeville performing arts
Dogwood Outdoor Performance Pavilion
Cookeville, Tennessee is at coordinates
36°09?51?N 85°30?16?W? / ?36.164202, -85.504295