Cookeville cracks another top 10


PUTNAM COUNTY – Cookeville has once again cracked a national top 10 list, this time for its affordability. ranked Cookeville fifth on its “10 Cheapest Cities to Call Home” list, released Friday. According to the site, the Putnam County city scored an 85.7 for its average total cost of living. Among other factors:

  • Grocery costs: 86.7
  • Housing costs: 71.4
  • Utilities costs: 82.9
  • Transportation costs: 87.5
  • Health care costs: 87.1
  • Miscellaneous costs: 98.2


“What started as a railroad town turned Cookeville into one of the most pleasant and cheapest cities to live in the U.S.,” editor Lindsey Carlton said. “Filled with Civil War history and beautiful surrounding scenery, Cookeville is a great city to live in. With affordable housing and all-around costs, Cookeville is a great city to move to if you’re looking to live a frugal life.”

The list also includes Johnson City, Tenn. (10); Wichita Falls, Texas (9); Fort Smith, Ark. (8); Muskogee, Okla. (7); Springfield, Ill. (6); Pueblo, Colo. (4); McAllen, Texas (3); Pryor Creek, Okla. (2); and Harlingen, Texas (1).

It’s not the first time Cookeville has been ranked for its low cost of living. The Council for Community and Economic Research ranked Cookeville the eighth least expensive place to live in a 2014 report. Of note, Harlingen, Pueblo, McAllen were also included on that list.


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