According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.0 square miles, of which, 21.9 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it is water.
Average annual temperature, 57 degrees F. Monthly average high, January 52.9 degrees F. and July 88 degrees F. Monthly average low, January 37.2 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 2,140 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.
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