Introduction to Cookeville, Tennessee

Cookeville, Tennessee, in Putnam county, is 54 miles NE of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and 71 miles E of Nashville, Tennessee. The city has a population of 23,923.

Cookeville History

Cookeville became the county seat of Putnam County in 1854. The city of Cookeville was officially chartered in 1856. It was named in honor of Richard Fielding Cooke, a state senator who was instrumental in the establishment of the Putnam County in 1854. Cookeville is home to the Tennessee Technological University.

Cookeville and nearby Attractions

  • Falcon Rest
  • Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
  • Cumberland Mountain State Park
  • Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site
  • Rock Island State Park
  • Burgess Falls State Park

Things To Do In Cookeville

Cookeville Golf and Country Club and the Belle Acres Golf Club are well-facilitated local golf courses. The Cookeville Mall Shopping Center and the Willow Tree Shopping Center are the local shopping destinations. The Stevens Street Baptist Church, the Scott Avenue Baptist Church and the Eastwood Baptist Church are the local houses of worship. The city hosts the Putnam County Fair every August and the Fall FunFest every September.

Cookeville Transportation

Nashville International is the nearest major airport.

Cookeville Higher Education

Tennessee Technical University is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby colleges and universities include Volunteer State Community College, Motlow State Community College and Lee University.


Total Population 31,831
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 12,189
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 35.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.8%
Median Earnings25+ $29,358
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,969
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,609


Median Family Income $41,104
% Above Poverty Level 66.3%
% Below Poverty Level 33.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $626
Median House Value $160,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 6.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cookeville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 54 miles NE of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 71 miles E of Nashville, Tennessee
County Putnam
Standard Zip Codes 38501, 38506
P.O. Box Zip Codes 38502, 38503
Company Zip Codes 38505
Phone Area Codes 931
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.162
Longitude -85.501

Cookeville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 57.8 inches
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 52.5 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 45 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 71 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cookeville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cookevl (38506)

Cookevle (38506)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Algood 3,581 $51,340
Baxter 1,517 $30,380
Gainesboro 962 $28,036
Livingston 4,067 $35,955
Monterey 2,863 $30,823
Sparta 5,074 $38,708

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cookeville Public Libraries

Putnam County Library
Cookeville, Tennessee
(931) 526-2416

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Cookeville Hospitals

(Government - Local)
142 W 5TH ST
(931) 528-2541
Emergency Service: Yes

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