Location of Cookeville, Tennessee Coordinates:
Cookeville is a city in
United States. The population was 23,923 at the 2000 census.
The 2010 Census of Cookeville's population was 30,435, and the
combined total of those living in Cookeville's
ZIP codes in 2010 was 65,014. It is the
county seat of
and home to
Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of
micropolitan areas, smaller towns 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.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the Cookeville, Tennessee has a
total area of 22.0 square miles (57 km2), of which, 21.9
square miles (57 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles
(0.52 km2) of it (0.77%) is water.
Average annual temperature,
(14 °C). Monthly average
high, January 52.9 °F
(11.6 °C). and July
(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
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
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.
- 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
- 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. 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 2005.
Although this is a significant number for the region, this is by
far the lowest in the Upper Cumberland area.
Tennessee Department of Labor and
Cookeville government links
Putnam County Court House
As of the
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
African American, 0.6%
Native American, 2.0%
Pacific Islander, 4.0% from
other races, and 2.1% from two or more races.
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%
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
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 also listed TTU among the 141 "Best
Southeastern Colleges." Also home of the Mastersingers and the
Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, led by
R. Winston Morris.
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
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 Wayne
Shanks, while there are several assistant principals for the
Cookeville High School places emphasis on student leadership and
input through its Student Congress.
- Cookeville is home to a campus
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.
WTTU 88.5 FM Tennessee
Tech student alternative radio
WAYW 90.5 Christian Hit
WWOG 90.9 Christian
WGSQ 94.7 FM Country
WGIC 98.5 FM Magic 98.5
Today's Best Music
WKXD-FM 106.9 Kicks FM
Top 40 radio
WBXE Rock 93.7 FM Rock
WLQK 95.9 FM Light Rock
WJNU 96.9 FM Life Talk
WATX 1600 AM Christian
WPTN AM 780 Classic
WHUB AM 1400 News Talk
- Kris & Dale Ballinger of the
musical group the
Mack Brown, former head
football coach of the
North Carolina Tar Heels. Current head coach of the
Texas Longhorns football team.
Watson Brown, older
brother of Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown, former head
football coach of the
Vanderbilt Commodores, and
UAB Blazers. Current H.C. of the
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.
Donald Farmer, film
producer and director.
- Deputy Junior,
Robert Ben Garant, from the TV show Reno 911!
Bobby Greenwood, former
PGA Tour Player,
Harold E. Martin, a
newspaperman, was the former co-owner of the Herald
Conductor Jack Norton,
children's musician and host of The
Zinghoppers children's TV show that has been broadcast on
J. J. Redick,
basketball player for the
Orlando Magic of the
NBA was born in Cookeville but grew up in
Points of interest
Bryan Fine Arts Center
The Cookeville Depot
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