Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Putnam County

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Putnam County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Central Time Zone

Grand Division

Middle Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

401.1

County Seat

Cookeville

Metropolitan Area

North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area

ECD Region

Upper Cumberland

Population

Population (2014)

72,321

Population (2019)

79,854

Population Change (2014-2019)

10.4%

Population Forecast (2040)

95,304

Foreign Born Population

3,567

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

4.6%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

6.2%

Civilian Veteran Population

4,238

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

93.3%

Black or African American, alone

2.2%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.3%

Asian, alone

1.3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.0%

Some Other Race, alone

0.9%

Two or More Races

1.9%

Hispanic or Latino

6.2%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 5.5%

Female: 6.0%

Total: 5.8%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 21.3%

Female: 20.5%

Total: 20.9%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 64.0%

Female: 61.1%

Total: 62.5%

65 Years and Over

Male: 14.7%

Female: 18.4%

Total: 16.6%

Median Age

Male: 34.4

Female: 38.1

Total: 36.4

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

30,100

Homeownership Rate

61.5%

Persons Per Household

2.36

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

82.3%

Median Home Value

$159,600

Annual Home Sales

1,088

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$180,000

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

18.9%

Total Personal Income

$3,227,719

Personal Income Per Capita

$40,223

County Median Wage

$15.46

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

9.5%

$10,000 to $14,999

5.7%

$15,000 to $24,999

14.5%

$25,000 to $34,999

12.0%

$35,000 to $49,999

14.4%

$50,000 to $74,999

17.4%

$75,000 to $99,999

9.9%

$100,000 to $149,999

10.3%

$150,000 to $199,999

3.2%

$200,000 or More

3.0%

Median Household Income

$44,259

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2019)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2019)
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (2020)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.9260

State Property Tax

None

Assessment Ratio: Residential Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Farm Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Commercial/Industrial Property

40%

Assessment Ratio: Public Utility Property

55%

Assessment Ratio: Business Personal Property

30%

State Tax

State Income Tax on Wages

None

State Income Tax: Interest from Bonds and Notes and Dividends from Stock

1% (Hall Income tax is fully repealed after January 1, 2021)

Excise Tax (State)

6.5% of Tennessee taxable income

Franchise Tax (state)

0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.

Unemployment Insurance Tax (state)

2.7% of the first $7,000 in wages for new employers

Sales Tax

State Sales Tax Rate

7.00%

County Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2019)

$37,962,747

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2020)

$40,864,141

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2019 - FY 2020)

7.60%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$929 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$1,672

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2020)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2020)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2019)
Tennessee
Putnam

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,287,422

Putnam: 34,970

Employment

Tennessee: 3,041,838

Putnam: 32,661

Unemployment

Tennessee: 245,584

Putnam: 2,309

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 7.5%

Putnam: 6.6%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Putnam

2016

Tennessee: 3.7%

Putnam: 3.8%

2017

Tennessee: 3.5%

Putnam: 3.6%

2018

Tennessee: 3.4%

Putnam: 3.5%

2019

Tennessee: 7.5%

Putnam: 6.6%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2020)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 16

Establishments: 10

Avg. Annual Wages: $26,946

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 36

Establishments: 7

Avg. Annual Wages: $47,847

Utilities

Employment: 42

Establishments: 3

Employment: $78,462

Construction

Employment: 1,685

Establishments: 154

Employment: $48,570

Manufacturing

Employment: 5,281

Establishments: 113

Employment: $49,804

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 1,190

Establishments: 112

Employment: $55,805

Retail Trade

Employment: 5,018

Establishments: 336

Employment: $29,120

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 1,592

Establishments: 59

Employment: $49,352

Information

Employment: 302

Establishments: 35

Employment: $44,184

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 1,394

Establishments: 113

Employment: $53,795

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 243

Establishments: 71

Employment: $34,822

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 980

Establishments: 185

Employment: $61,305

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 73

Establishments: 9

Employment: $76,630

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 1,883

Establishments: 85

Employment: $26,833

Educational Services

Employment: 161

Establishments: 15

Employment: $33,601

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 3,953

Establishments: 289

Employment: $38,781

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 112

Establishments: 18

Employment: $15,653

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 3,796

Establishments: 170

Employment: $16,513

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 830

Establishments: 200

Employment: $25,781

Government

Employment: 8,331

Establishments: 71

Employment: $46,426

Unclassified

Employment: 10

Establishments: 2

Employment: $0

Total

Employment: 36,917

Establishments: 2,054

Employment: $40,244

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Woodworkers, All Other

Employment: 34

Location Quotient*: 17.39

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

Employment: 30

Location Quotient*: 10.85

Farm and Home Management Educators

Employment: 23

Location Quotient*: 9.3

Psychiatric Aides

Employment: 133

Location Quotient*: 8.5

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Employment: 335

Location Quotient*: 8.33

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

52

Aerospace & Defense

10

Appliances & Electrical

652

Automotive

1,516

Business Services

754

Chemicals

119

Distribution & Logistics

2,772

Film, Music & Entertainment

10

Food & Beverage

764

Healthcare & Medical Devices

49

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Cookville Regional Medical Center

Est. Employees: 2,000

City: Cookeville

Putman County School District

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Cookeville

TN Technological University

Est. Employees: 1,100

City: Cookeville

Cummins Filtration, Inc.

Est. Employees: 670

City: Cookeville

Perdue Farms, Inc.

Est. Employees: 611

City: Monterey

FICOSA North America

Est. Employees: 600

City: Cookeville

Putnam County Government

Est. Employees: 500

City: Cookeville

City of Cookeville

Est. Employees: 496

City: Cookeville

Academy Sports

Est. Employees: 450

City: Cookeville

Oreck

Est. Employees: 400

City: Cookeville

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

Nashville International

Distance to Nearest Commercial Service Airport

72

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

380

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Upper Cumberland Regional (Sparta)

Distance to Nearest General Aviation Airport

10.4

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

6,005'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

22.7

Access of Interstate

I-40

U.S. Highways

70

State Highways

24, 56, 62, 84, 96, 111, 135, 136, 141, 164, 290, 291

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

Lenoir City, Nashville

Railroads Serving County

Nashville and Eastern Railroad Corp.

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

Education

General Stats
Putnam
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Putnam: 89.40%

Tennessee: 89.50%

Population Aged 25-64 With Associate's Degree Or Higher

Putnam: 32.20%

Tennessee: 36.70%

Population Aged 25-64 With Bachelor's Degree Or Higher

Putnam: 26.50%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Putnam: 90%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Putnam: 60.30%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Putnam: 21

Tennessee: 20.2

High School Graduation Rate
College Going Rate
Average ACT Score
Putnam County Schools
Enrollment

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 4,879

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 2,430

High Schools

Enrollment: 3,141

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

Tennessee Technological University

City: Cookeville

Enrollment: 10,535

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston

City: Livingston

Enrollment: 2,167

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crossville

City: Crossville

Enrollment: 666

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 1-Year American Community Survey,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Department of Education (2017-2018)
National Center for Education Statistics (2016-2017)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

† Regional higher education institutions include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Health & Public Safety

Doctors

Number of Doctors

184

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

32.6%

Children** (Grade 8)

37.8%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Number of Beds: 247

City: Cookeville

Cumberland Medical Center, Inc.

Number of Beds: 189

City: Crossville

Livingston Regional Hospital

Number of Beds: 114

City: Livingston

Jamestown TN Medical Center, Inc.

Number of Beds: 85

City: Jamestown

Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital

Number of Beds: 71

City: Smithville

Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital

Number of Beds: 60

City: Sparta

Riverview Regional Medical Center

Number of Beds: 35

City: Carthage

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Health (2014)
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (2014)

† Regional hospitals include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Climate

Climate

Average High Temperature

68.6°F

Average Low Temperature

44.8°F

Average Annual Temperature

56.7°F

Annual Rainfall

55.99"

Elevation (at County Seat)

1,090'

Prevailing Winds

Southeast

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Algood

Population (2019)

4,228

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.44

Phone Number

(931) 537-9545

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Baxter

Population (2019)

1,546

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.39

Phone Number

(931) 858-4111

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Cookeville

Population (2019)

33,454

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.99

Phone Number

(931) 520-5241

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

Yes

Monterey

Population (2019)

2,840

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.36

Phone Number

(931) 839-3770

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

Yes

Main Street Participant

No

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

Yes

Sources:
Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2015)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2015)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

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