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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Cookeville , Tennessee

Cookeville, population 29,000, is in Putnam County and the home of Tennessee Technological University (12,000 students).  Known as the "Hub of the Upper Cumberlands," approximately 25,000 people travel to work, shop, or attend school in Cookeville each day. The city is located in north central Tennessee.

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Where to Retire in Cookeville and Home Prices

According to the Home Value Index in Cookeville was $163,000 in early 2019, and calls it a "Very Hot" market at this time.

What Is Special about Cookeville

Cookeville is  a regional center. As the home of highly rated Tennessee Tech. University the city enjoys being a college town. It has a diversified and resilient economy. TN does not tax wages, social security, or pension income. It does, however, tax some dividend and investment income.

What Is Not Special about Cookeville

The crime rate is above average.

Climate and Physical Environment

Cookeville is in the north central part of the state midway between Nashville and Knoxville. Median January temperatures are in the upper 30s and median July's are in the upper 70s.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are plenty of cultural options in Cookeville.   Those include the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Cookeville Arts Center, and the 458-seat professional Cookeville Drama Center.  There are numerous festivals throughout the year. The Appalachian Center for Craft, part of the Tennessee Technological University,  has some interesting exhibits. 


The crime rate is above average.

Medical Facilities

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has 247 beds and serves the area.


The nearest large airport is 75 miles away in Nashville.

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