Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee,
United States. The population was 23,923 at the 2000 census. The 2004 Census
estimate of Cookeville's population is 27,648, and the combined total of those
living in Cookeville's ZIP codes in 2000 is 55,448. It is the county seat of
Putnam County 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. Ranked as having the
strongest economy among Tennessee's twenty micropolitan areas, Cookeville is the
largest in the state, with a 2006 population of 99,942.
Cookeville is located about halfway between Knoxville and Nashville on
Interstate 40. It is at the intersection of I-40 and Highway 111, approximately
100 miles west of Knoxville, 80 miles east of Nashville, and 80 miles north of
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%; Noon - 48%; 6 p.m. - 62%. Altitude 1,140 feet
above sea level.
Cookeville is located approximately 80 miles east of Nashville and 100 miles
west of Knoxville on Interstate 40. Chattanooga is approximately 90 miles to the
south on Appalachian Corridor J, or Tennessee Highway 111.
Located on the first tier of the Cumberland Plateau, 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.