Cookeville, TN

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Population

109,133

0.799% growth

Median Age

38.7


Median Household Income

$36,898

3.74% growth

Poverty Rate

22.4%


Number of Employees

45,238

2.22% growth

Median Property Value

$141,900

5.27% growth

About

In 2017, Cookeville, TN had a population of 109k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $36,898. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cookeville, TN grew from 108,268 to 109,133, a 0.799% increase and its median household income grew from $35,567 to $36,898, a 3.74% increase.

The population of Cookeville, TN is 91.1% White Alone, 4.62% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.78% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Cookeville, TN speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cookeville, TN are Tennessee Technological University (2,561 degrees awarded in 2017), Genesis Career College-Cookeville (288 degrees), and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston (254 degrees).

The median property value in Cookeville, TN is $141,900, and the homeownership rate is 65.8%. Most people in Cookeville, TN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Cookeville, TN is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Cookeville, TN employs 45.2k people. The largest industries in Cookeville, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,110 people), Manufacturing (6,323 people), and Retail Trade (5,489 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($49,063), Wholesale Trade ($47,531), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,214).

Median household income in Cookeville, TN is $36,898. Males in Cookeville, TN have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,201. The income inequality in Cookeville, TN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,898

2017 value

± $1,361

3.74%

1 Year Growth

± 4.78%

Households in Cookeville, TN have a median annual income of $36,898, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $35,567 in 2016, which represents a 3.74% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,961

Average Male Salary

± $1,374

$42,201

Average Female Salary

± $943

In 2017, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $53,011 ± $6,619

  2. White

    $46,471 ± $904

  3. American Indian

    $40,237 ± $11,516

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cookeville, TN is from Tennessee.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.325% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cookeville, TN was Williamson County, TN with a value of $110,700, followed by Wilson County, TN and Robertson County, TN, with respective values of $76,756 and $69,079.

The following map shows all of the counties in Cookeville, TN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cookeville, TN (23.6k out of 105k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    21,897 ± 1,004

  2. Hispanic

    2,023 ± 334

  3. Black

    775 ± 242

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cookeville, TN is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

45.2k

2017 Value

± 1,463

2.22%

1 Year growth

± 4.39%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cookeville, TN grew at a rate of 2.22%, from 44.3k employees to 45.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cookeville, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,666 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,882 people), and Production Occupations (4,360 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cookeville, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cookeville, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,666 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,882 people), and Production Occupations (4,360 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Cookeville, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.76 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.66 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cookeville, TN, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($58,603), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,598), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($57,693).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

45.2k

2017 Value

± 1,463

2.22%

1 Year growth

± 4.39%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cookeville, TN grew at a rate of 2.22%, from 44.3k employees to 45.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cookeville, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,110 people), Manufacturing (6,323 people), and Retail Trade (5,489 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cookeville, TN, though some of these residents may live in Cookeville, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cookeville, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,110 people), Manufacturing (6,323 people), and Retail Trade (5,489 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Cookeville, TN has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.38 times higher than expected), Construction (1.35 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cookeville, TN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($49,063), Wholesale Trade ($47,531), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,214).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.9B

  2. $35.5B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $38.9B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($35.5B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$366B

2020 Value

$525B

Projected 2045 Value

43.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Tennessee trade was $366B. This is expected to increase 43.2% to $525B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.6B

  2. $18.7B

  3. $18.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Kentucky with $31.6B, followed by Texas with $18.7B and Georgia and $18.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Tennessee shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.2% of the population of Cookeville, TN has health coverage, with 41.1% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.45% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Cookeville, TN was $7,372 in 2014. This is a 3.74% increase from the previous year ($7,106).

Primary care physicians in Cookeville, TN see 1382 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.145% increase from the previous year (1380 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1893 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 742 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.5%). Additionally, Hardeman County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,382 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Tennessee see an average of 1,382 patients per year. This represents a 0.145% increase from the previous year (1,380 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,680

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,677

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,371

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Tennessee (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.74%, from $7,106 to $7,372.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.8%

Uninsured

41.1%

Employer Coverage

20.2%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

1.45%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cookeville, TN declined by 13.2% from 12.4% to 10.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cookeville, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.5% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 16.8% prevalence

Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 17.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cookeville, TN is home to a population of 109k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.21% of Cookeville, TN residents were born outside of the country (4.59k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Cookeville, TN is composed of 99.4k White Alone residents (91.1%), 5.05k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.62%), 1.95k Black or African American Alone residents (1.78%), 1.34k Two or More Races residents (1.23%), 1.03k Asian Alone residents (0.947%), 226 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.207%), 103 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0944%), and 63 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0577%).

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cookeville, TN was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Cookeville, TN are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Cookeville, TN residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.21%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.59k people

4.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.66k people

As of 2017, 4.21% of Cookeville, TN residents (4.59k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cookeville, TN was 4.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    92,263 ± 7,405 people

  2. India

    21,162 ± 3,566 people

  3. Guatemala

    12,669 ± 2,761 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 92,263 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 21,162 and Guatemala with 12,669.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

96.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Cookeville, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cookeville, TN was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    99.4k ± 64

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.05k ± 355

  3. Black or African American Alone

    1.95k ± 191

In 2017, there were 19.7 times more White Alone residents (99.4k people) in Cookeville, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.05k Hispanic or Latino and 1.95k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cookeville, TN as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,277 ± 279

  2. Korea

    696 ± 134

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    685 ± 149

Cookeville, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Cookeville, TN awarded 3,241 degrees. The student population of Cookeville, TN is skewed towards men, with 6,358 male students and 5,719 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cookeville, TN are White (2,629 and 86%), followed by Black or African American (215 and 7.03%), Hispanic or Latino (77 and 2.52%), and Two or More Races (58 and 1.9%).

The largest universities in Cookeville, TN by number of degrees awarded are Tennessee Technological University (2,561 and 79%), Genesis Career College-Cookeville (288 and 8.89%), and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston (254 and 7.84%).

The most popular majors in Cookeville, TN are General Business Administration & Management (221 and 6.82%), Teacher Education (171 and 5.28%), and General Health & Physical Education (158 and 4.88%).

The median tuition costs in Cookeville, TN are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,296 and $23,160 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 133 degrees awarded

  2. 171 degrees awarded

  3. 144 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Cookeville, TN was Mechanical Engineering with 133 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Cookeville, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,561 degrees awarded

  2. 288 degrees awarded

  3. 254 degrees awarded

$7,296

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Cookeville, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tennessee Technological University with 2,561 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,535

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,706

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,535 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cookeville, TN, which is 0.9 times less than the 1,706 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Cookeville, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,629 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    215 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    77 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cookeville, TN were to White students. These 2,629 degrees mean that there were 12.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 215 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cookeville, TN was $141,900 in 2017, which is 0.618 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $134,800 to $141,900, a 5.27% increase. The homeownership rate in Cookeville, TN is 65.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cookeville, TN have an average commute time of 23.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cookeville, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$141,900

2017 Median

± $4,560

$134,800

2016 Median

± $4,572

In 2017, the median property value in Cookeville, TN grew to to $141,900 from the previous year's value of $134,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cookeville, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cookeville, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$36,898

Median Household Income

± $1,361

44.1k

Number of Households

± 1,325

In 2017, the median household income of the 44.1k households in Cookeville, TN grew to $36,898 from the previous year's value of $35,567.

The following chart displays the households in Cookeville, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cookeville, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cookeville, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

65.8%

2017 Homeownership

66.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.8% of the housing units in Cookeville, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cookeville, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cookeville, TN have a shorter commute time (23.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.41% of the workforce in Cookeville, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    87.6%

  2. Carpooled

    7.82%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.7%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cookeville, TN was Drove Alone (87.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.82%) and those who Worked At Home (2.7%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cookeville, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cookeville, TN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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