Cookeville among America’s 100 best places to retire

‘Where to retire’ releases new book

 Houston –Where to Retire has selected Cookeville as a top retirement destination in the sixth edition of “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire,” a comprehensive guidebook of the country’s most appealing retirement towns. The book is edited and published by the experts at Where to Retire Magazine.

Editors and staff spent eleven months researching more than 800 cities across the U.S. The final selection represents 35 states and includes three Tennessee destinations: Cookeville, Gatlinburg and Knoxville. Each city profile combines extensive research, local knowledge and in-depth interviews with retirees who made the move.

“This book allows readers to tap into the wisdom of hundreds of relocated retirees, including those who moved to Cookeville, one of our 10 best undiscovered towns,” said Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller. “This volume will get you dreaming of your retirement and where you might land. But the stories also bring you past wistful dreams and into the realm of real research, including information on weather, taxes, downtown attractions and even the caveats of each city.”

The chosen cities vary in size, climate, amenities and lifestyle, and each falls into one of 10 categories that focuses on the city’s defining feature, such as beaches, mountains, low costs, four seasons and appealing downtowns.

“This is by far our most popular book, which compiles and updates profiles from our magazine,” Fuller said. “It will be your most helpful asset in planning your own post-retirement departure and arrival.”

It was only last year that Cookeville landed on the radar of Where to Retire, making the cover and inside spread of their November/December 2017 magazine edition. This community was also recently awarded the coveted 2019 Seal of Approval Award by the American Association of Retirement Communities and has been deemed a best place to retire in Tennessee since serving as an official Retire Tennessee community since 2007.

“What an accolade to be acknowledged among not only the best in our state or region, but in the entire country,” said Zach Ledbetter, vice president of visitor development, Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau. “We know our community has the desired amenities to attract quality retirees and are excited to see our continued marketing efforts are showing effective.”

Cookeville-Putnam County has been featured in additional premier retirement publications such as Ideal Living Magazine and Ohio Magazine.

Scenic beauty, four mild seasons, low cost of living, ease of access to an international airport, as well as cultural, recreational, and educational assets, Cookeville-Putnam County is an ideal retiree destination.

About Where to Retire: The authority on retirement relocation since 1992, “Where to Retire” is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities. It has a national circulation of 200,000 and is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. The sixth edition of “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire,” is available online at and Amazon

About the Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau: The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, a program of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, serves as the designated destination marketing organization (DMO) for Putnam County and is funded by a portion of the Putnam County lodging tax, a tax paid by visitors’ and collected by local lodging partners such as hotels, bed & breakfasts, etc. Ranking at 17th of Tennessee’s 95 counties, the visitors’ bureau is tasked with inspiring travel and overnight stays in Putnam County. Primary marketing pillars in drive and fly markets include outdoors; fitness/sports; motorcycling; arts/culture; and culinary/crafts. Most recent U.S. Travel Association statistics note visitor spending in Putnam County generated $2.7 million in local tax revenue, providing a tax relief for local residents with a savings of $358.47 per household.  Explore more at

For more information about retiree recruitment in Cookeville-Putnam County, contact Zach Ledbetter at or go to

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