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IF YOU’RE APPROACHING RETIREMENT, SEE WHY COOKEVILLE IS THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION
No. 1 AFFORDABLE LIVING - Low Cost of Living
Housing prices are low, with a median home cost of $135,100 in Putnam County and $158,600 in the city of Cookeville, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Plus the property taxes are low, and there is no state income tax.
No. 2 IF YOU’VE GOT YOUR HEALTH, YOU’VE GOT EVERYTHING - State-of-the-Art Medical Care
Cookeville has a great health care system anchored by Cookeville Regional Medical Center, which 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 in 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 Cookeville 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 own symphony, Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and is also 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’re guaranteed to 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 are trained to use the 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. Where to 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