Coffee County, Tennessee is located in the south central portion of the State of Tennessee. The county is bounded to the north by Cannon County and to the south by Franklin County. To the east, the county is bordered by Warren and Grundy County and predominately bordered to the west by Bedford County. Manchester, the county seat, is approximately 64 miles southeast of Nashville and 69 miles northwest of Chattanooga. According to the 2000 Census, the county has a population of 48,014 with the City of Manchester’s population at 8,294 and the City of Tullahoma’s at 17,994. With a unique blend of Southern hospitality and big city sophistication, Manchester and Tullahoma, are great places to live, work, raise a family, and retire.
Coffee County is also home to the United States Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center which is one of the leading employers in Coffee County and the surrounding areas. The growth of the Arnold Engineering Development Center, a 41,300 acre (with portions located in Franklin County) has served as a stimulus for growth in the county. A.E.D.C. provides testing for the development of turbojets, ramjets, turboprop engines, aircraft, missiles, rockets, and related components. The ability of the Middle Tennessee area to supply ample labor for industry is enhanced by an excellent rural road system and a moderate climate. These two factors allow employer’s to draw labor from a wide geographic area. The labor force in this area is characterized by an eagerness to learn, willingness to work, and a high level of productivity.
The Bonnaroo Music Festival has become an annual event in Coffee County. With the purchase of 530 acres in the pristine countryside of Coffee County, the festival is here to stay. In addition to making Manchester Tennessee’s largest city during this four day event, the music and arts festival creates a staggering economic impact on Coffee County and the surrounding counties.