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Cookeville, Tennessee

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Cookeville is a city located in Putnam County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 23,923. The 2003 Census estimate (http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_sse=on&_lang=en&_state=04000US47&_cityTown=Cookeville&_county=Cookeville&_zip=) of Cookeville's population is 27,052, and the combined total of those living in Cookeville's ZIP codes (http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=85000US385&-_box_head_nbr=GCT-PH1&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-_lang=en&-redoLog=false&-format=ZI-1&-mt_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_GCTPH1_ZI1&-_sse=on) in 2000 is 55,448. It is the county seat of Putnam CountyTemplate:GR 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. With a 2004 population of 97,528, Cookeville is Tennessee's largest micropolitan area. The Cookeville Micropolitan Area is also ranked as having the strongest economy (http://www.policom.com/ranknum.htm) among Tennessee's micropolitan areas.

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Geography

Location of Cookeville, Tennessee

Cookeville is located at 36°9'51" North, 85°30'15" West (36.164202, -85.504295)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 57.1 km² (22.0 mi²). 56.6 km² (21.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.77% 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%; 12 Noon - 48%; 6 PM - 62%. Altitude 1,140 feet above sea level.

Economy

  • Approximately 25,000 people travel to Cookeville daily to work, shop, or attend school.
  • Cookeville's 2004 retail sales total of $1.032 billion was an 8.4 percent increase from the 2003 retail sales. The state's increase was 6.9 percent.
  • The April 2005 unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, the 11th lowest among Tennessee's 95 counties. 30,100 people were employed in Cookeville.
  • Manufacturing is the largest sector in Cookeville's economy with over 100 plants and 8,000 employees. Among the major employers are Fleetguard (900 employees), Russell Stover Candies (900 employees), and TRW Automotive (750 employees).
  • With 13 percent 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 percent of the work force with 3,840 employees.

Source: Tennessee Department of Labor (http://source.virtuallmi.com/lmi/area/areaprofiledata.asp?session=areadetail&geo=4704000141)

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 23,923 people, 9,938 households, and 5,316 families residing in the city. The population density is 422.5/km² (1,094.5/mi²). There are 10,746 housing units at an average density of 189.8/km² (491.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 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. 4.22% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 9,938 households out of which 22.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% are married couples living together, 10.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% are non-families. 34.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.19 and the average family size is 2.83.

In the city the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 29 years. For every 100 females there are 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 100.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $26,533, and the median income for a family is $39,623. Males have a median income of $28,013 versus $21,710 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,684. 23.2% of the population and 13.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.1% of those under the age of 18 and 18.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Education

  • Cookeville is home to Tennessee Technological University (http://www.tntech.edu) and its 9,300 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 (http://www.cookevillecavaliers.com) is the largest non-metropolitan school in the state and is one of only five schools in Tennessee to offer the International Baccalaureate (http://www.ibo.org) program. The other four Tennessee schools with the program are all in Nashville.
  • Medvance Institute (http://www.medvance.edu) also provides higher education in medical and technical fields.

Cookeville Media

Cookeville is home to one daily newspaper, a weekly newspaper, 8 FM radio stations, 3 AM stations, 2 television stations, and several weekly shoppers.

Newspapers

Radio stations

  • WTTU 88.5 FM Tennessee Tech student alternative radio
  • WHRS 91.7 (http://www.wpln.org/) NPR radio
  • WGSQ 94.7 FM (http://www.countrygiant.com/main.html) Country Giant radio
  • WGIC 98.5 FM (http://www.magic985.com/main.html) Magic 98.5 Today's Best Music
  • WKXD 106.9 Kicks FM (http://www.1069kicksfm.com/) Top 40 radio
  • WBXE B-Rock 93.7 FM (http://www.brock937.com/) Classic Rock radio
  • WLQK 95.9 FM (http://www.literock959.com/) Light Rock radio
  • WJNU 96.9 FM (http://www.lifetalk.net/stationInfo.html?id=28) Life Talk radio
  • WATX 1600 AM (http://www.watxpraiseradio.com/) Christian radio
  • WHUB AM 1400 Classic Country radio
  • WPTN AM 780 News Talk radio

Television stations

  • WCTE TV 22 (http://www.wcte.org/) PBS television
  • WNPX 28 (http://www.pax.tv/stations/default.cfm?sti_id=65&siteid=50645) Pax television

Weekly shoppers

ZIP Codes

Cookeville has five ZIP codes: 38501, 38502, 38503, 38505 (Tennessee Tech), and 38506

Cookeville Links

Cookeville Museums

Cookeville Performing Arts

Cookeville Maps

Sightseeing map of Cookeville (http://www.cookevillechamber.com/pdfs/chamber_map.pdf) (pdf)

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