Cookeville, Tennessee

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Cookeville, Tennessee
City
DowntownCookeville.jpg
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.
Coordinates: 36°9′51″N 85°30′15″W / 36.16417°N 85.50417°W / 36.16417; -85.50417
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyPutnam
Founded1854[1]
Incorporated1903[2]
Named forRichard F. Cooke
Government
 • TypeCity Council
 • MayorMatt Swallows
Area
 • Total22.0 sq mi (57.0 km2)
 • Land21.9 sq mi (56.7 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation1,140 ft (350 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total30,435 (city proper)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)931
FIPS code47-16920[3]
GNIS feature ID1647827[4]
Websitewww.cookeville-tn.org
 
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Cookeville, Tennessee
City
DowntownCookeville.jpg
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.
Coordinates: 36°9′51″N 85°30′15″W / 36.16417°N 85.50417°W / 36.16417; -85.50417
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyPutnam
Founded1854[1]
Incorporated1903[2]
Named forRichard F. Cooke
Government
 • TypeCity Council
 • MayorMatt Swallows
Area
 • Total22.0 sq mi (57.0 km2)
 • Land21.9 sq mi (56.7 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation1,140 ft (350 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total30,435 (city proper)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)931
FIPS code47-16920[3]
GNIS feature ID1647827[4]
Websitewww.cookeville-tn.org

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Its population at the 2010 census was 30,435, and the combined total of those living in Cookeville's ZIP codes in 2010 was 65,014.[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[edit]

Burgess Falls

Cookeville is located at 36°9′51″N 85°30′15″W / 36.16417°N 85.50417°W / 36.16417; -85.50417 (36.164202, -85.504295).[8]

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.

Economy[edit]

Cookeville Mall

Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and FDIC

Demographics[edit]

Interstate Drive
Historical population
CensusPop.
19101,848
19202,39529.6%
19303,73856.1%
19404,36416.7%
19506,92458.7%
19607,80512.7%
197014,40384.5%
198020,53542.6%
199021,7445.9%
200023,92310.0%
201030,43527.2%
Est. 201231,0101.9%
Sources:[9][10]

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.

Education[edit]

Cookeville High School

Media[edit]

Cookeville is home to one daily newspaper, a monthly business journal, 8 FM radio stations, 3 AM stations, and 2 television stations.

Newspapers[edit]

Internet Media[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

Television stations[edit]

ZIP codes[edit]

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[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Bryan Fine Arts Center

Museums[edit]

The Cookeville Depot Museum

Performing arts[edit]

Dogwood Outdoor Performance Pavilion

Climate[edit]

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]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°09′51″N 85°30′15″W / 36.164202°N 85.504295°W / 36.164202; -85.504295