Cookeville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 32,113 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Cookeville is the 20th largest community in Tennessee.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cookeville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cookeville is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cookeville who work in office and administrative support (13.08%), sales jobs (12.84%), and food service (10.69%).
Cookeville is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Cookeville enrolled in college, Cookeville has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
The percentage of people in Cookeville who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.11% of adults in Cookeville have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Cookeville in 2010 was $21,104, which is upper middle income relative to Tennessee, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,416 for a family of four. However, Cookeville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Cookeville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.22% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Cookeville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cookeville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cookeville include Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Cookeville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.