Heard of Cookeville, Tennessee? It’s the most affordable place to live in the United States with some of the best places to hang out including natural waterfalls, three lakes, rural back roads, southern charm and some amazing farms! Did we mention it’s only an hour to Nashville, Knoxville and Chattagnooga?

Cost of Living

How can it be the cost of living is so low in such an amazing place? The Upper Cumberland offers super low property taxes and no state income tax. Take a look at a few houses in the area, and you’ll see a big difference in pricing. Nashville homes are through the roof right now, and there’s no sign of that bubble bursting anytime soon. Come to the Upper Cumberland and you won’t have to pay $375,000 for a tiny 1500 sqft dated home in East Nashville or Williamson County.



When you move, whether it’s across town or across the country, having a job lined up is the ideal scenario, but that’s not always how it works out. Either way, finding the right place to work isn’t usually an easy job, but it shouldn’t be an impossible feat for anyone. Well good news future Cookeville residents! The unemployment rate, according to the Upper Cumberland Development District, Putnam County, the largest county in the region, has dropped .7 percent since May of 2016. Cookeville is also the perfect spot to start your own business or grow.


No traffic

If you have lived in or around Nashville or any other big city, you know what I’m talking about. There’s nothing worse than sitting in your car for an extra two hours a day just to get to and from work. What’s the point! While Cookeville may not have huge skyscrapers, hundreds of thousands of people or big interstates, we don’t have the problems that come with all that. You’ll be able to get across town in no time with no stress!


Great Schools

We all know Cookeville is home to Tennessee Tech University, but the elementary, middle and high schools have it going on too. Your kids don’t have to go to private school to get a great education.



Cookeville is located halfway between Knoxville and Nashville which makes it a prime location! No more choosing between your beloved Vols or keeping the streets hot in downtown Nashville. Neyland and those loud honky tonks are just about an hour away! Cookeville is also 8 hours away from 80% of the U.S. population so it’s also a great place for businesses.


Good people

It’s been said the best people in the world live in the Upper Cumberland. While that statement can’t necessarily be proven, we can agree with it! (Side note: Alexandria’s main welcome billboard even says so!) It’s true…you’ll pass people on the road who will wave, you’ll have small talk with people in the line at Kroger, the tellers at the bank will remember your name and you’ll be sure to fit right in. We have that laid back vibe!


Local Events

Annual events and festivals are kinda a big deal around here. Street festivals on Broad and Main Street and family friendly events in Dogwood Park are year round! No matter what time of year, we always find a reason to celebrate and have a good time! Not to mention these events are pretty unique. Check out Slide Cookeville and Wine on the West Side.


Falls & Lakes

Burgess Falls, Cummins Falls, Waterloo, Fall Creek Falls, Cane Creek Cascades, Virgin Falls, Ozone Falls, Upper Piney Falls, Dale Hollow Lake, Center Hill Lake…I need to catch my breath. Needless to say, we have a lot of hot spots to cool off. The locals know of a few hidden spots too! If you’re living in the Upper Cumberland, it’s pretty much like being on vacation all the time.



Are you the outdoorsy type? If you’re in Nashville, you have to leave the city to get a breath of fresh air. One of the best things about the Upper Cumberland is all the natural beauty! Scenic hiking destinations, state parks, and all the waterfalls and lakes make this area a hidden gem.



Cookeville has a population of about 32,000 people. That may seem like a lot, but you’ll feel right at home. The small town community feel is very evident everywhere you go. We are hometown proud!



Cookeville has a ton of favorite local restaurants, bars and cafés. Kick it by the lake at one of the dock restaurants or keep it classy on West Side in downtown Cookeville. Whatever your taste, we have some options including local restaurants, meat and three diners and breweries!


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