What Makes Cookeville Great?
Many students find that after graduating from Tennessee Tech University, they want to stay in the area. But while it’s understandable to anyone who has lived here, an outsider may not understand what makes Cookeville such a great place to live. Below are just a few of the reasons.
A Variety of Landscapes
Cookeville Tennessee area is known as the Highland Rim area and Hub of the Cumberlands. Anyone with a car can drive about fifteen to twenty minutes up the Plateau to Monterey, TN and Crossville, TN. Here there are bountiful Hardwood trees, bluff views, waterfalls, etc. If a more rolling landscape is preferable, a 10 minute drive south of Cookeville leads to Sparta, TN, which contains some of the most breathtaking rolling farmland along the way. Going North of Cookeville leads to Overton County, a place with bountiful rolling hills and mountain backdrops.
There are seven counties all within a 15 minute drive of Cookeville. In addition, it is only one hour east of Nashville, TN, two hours west of Knoxville, TN, and one and a half hours from Chattanooga, TN. At a population of approximately 40,000 in the Cookeville or Putnam County area, residents get the ease of country living while excitement is close by.
Cookeville, TN is surrounded by three huge man-made lakes operating hydro-power by the Corp of Engineers, and provide breathtaking views, boating, fishing, camping, tournaments, and etc. These lakes are Cordell Hull located in Smith County just outside of Nashville, TN and encompasses approximately 250+ acres. Next, Dale Hollow Lake is located near Celina, TN which borders Kentucky and is approximately 600 miles of shoreline. Dale Hollow is known for its bass tournaments and great fishing, camping and boating as well. Center Hill Lake is located near Smithville, TN and south of Cookeville, TN. Center Hill Lake has approximately 400 miles of shoreline and provides generous beaches, marinas, and lake fun! All of these lakes are nearby.
Affordable Cost of Living
With no state income tax, Low property taxes, and no personal property taxes, Cookeville residents find that their money goes further. Home prices are very reasonable compared to other areas as well. Around campus, there are several options for affordable apartments or houses for student living.
While Cookeville is smaller, its central location between Knoxville and Nashville allows it to have a good amount of job opportunities. Some of the more technical jobs may require commuting to Oak Ridge or Nashville, but Cookeville’s affordability allows for flexibility during the job hunting season. In addition, Cookeville has an amazing medical center with an outstanding medical staff which regularly hires students within the medical field. Due to its growth, Cookeville will have more technical jobs that open up with the construction of new facilities, including a Solar Power Plant coming in 2018.
Cookeville residents get to experience the four seasons of nature. Spring blooms are breathtaking, summertime fun is generally pleasant without too much heat, autumn showcases the beautiful tree colors and mild temperatures, and winter is cold, but not too much in the way of deep snows or ice.
From playing golf, rock climbing, spelunking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, kayaking, boating, hiking, to shopping, painting, fitness, or community events, we have an abundance of things to do!