7 Retirement Enticements


No. 1 AFFORDABLE LIVING - Low Cost of Living

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Housing prices are low with the median home cost of $310K in Putnam County and $310K in the City of Cookeville. Plus, the property taxes are low, and there is no state income tax.

No. 2 IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING - State-of-the-Art Medical Care

Cookeville has a spectacular health care system anchored by Cookeville Regional Medical Center and has been recognized nationally for excellence in many different categories. In 2015, Healthgrades® ranked Cookeville Regional among America’s 100 Best Hospitals in three specialties, placed them in the Top 5% in one category and the Top 10% in five categories, and granted CRMC Excellence Awards in four categories, among a long list of other honors. And Becker’s Hospital Review named Cookeville Regional one of its “100 Great Community Hospitals” in 2014.

No. 3 GET UP, GET OUT - Abundant Fitness Opportunities

You’ll find an endless variety of ways to get moving, from our YMCA to multiple gyms and training studios. In addition, Cookeville’s Department of Leisure Services offers a wide range of affordable fitness classes and programs for the community and has earned the No. 4 spot on Walk Score’s® “Most Walkable Cities in Tennessee” list.

No. 4 CULTURE TO SPARE - Arts, Music, Theater and Museums

Cookeville is the only nonmetropolitan area of Tennessee with its symphony, Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and home to the world-famous Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, a frequent Carnegie Hall performer. Several of this area’s numerous visual artists have received national and worldwide acclaim, and TTU’s Appalachian Center for Craft is located just down the road. Cookeville Performing Arts Center, a 456-seat live performance theater, produces the state, regional, and national award-winning Backstage at CPAC series, an annual rotation of contemporary plays. And history buffs are sure to love the Cookeville History Museum and the Cookeville Depot Museum, one of three depot museums in Putnam County.

No. 5 A NATURAL FIT - Outdoor Fun for Everyone

If you love nature, Cookeville is the place to be. With four distinct seasons, 14 well-tended local parks, plus multiple nearby state parks, rivers, creeks, streams, and lakes, you should find the right environment to lift your mood and brighten your ’tude.

No. 6 A LOT OF HEART - Outstanding Heart Care

Cookeville reportedly has more automated external defibrillators (AED’s) than any other community in the nation, thanks to our very active Mended Hearts organization. Hundreds of our citizens have been trained to use lifesaving medical devices and administer CPR. Also, Cookeville Regional Medical Center has implemented the Code STEMI protocol, which has helped them attain a record-breaking average of 43 minutes for treating heart attacks, beating the 90-minute national standard by 47 minutes.

No. 7 HIGH APPROVAL RATINGS - Retirement Accolades

Putnam County is one of 16 counties that is a certified Retire Tennessee community, and we’re also an American Association of Retirement Communities Seal of Approval community. Retire magazine named us one of the nation’s best retirement communities, with Rand McNally ranking us No. 9 in the U.S.

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION