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Kudos for Cody; Small Wyoming Town Gets Plenty of Love from National Media

CODY, Wyo., Sept. 24, 2019 – For such a tiny town, Cody, Wyo. sure does make a splash. Situated on the eastern outskirts of Yellowstone National Park, Cody is routinely recognized in “best of” lists by major national media like U.S News & World Report, Travel Channel, MSN, FOX News, Readers Digest and Travel + Leisure. Recently, it ranked high on a USA Today list of the best 50 cities to live in the U.S.

“We may be small, but we certainly are mighty,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the Cody Yellowstone region that includes the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. “With our expansive views of the mountains, array of outdoor recreation, abundant cultural offerings and welcoming local population, it’s no wonder Cody gets noticed.”

Wade noted that Cody has been included in nearly 60 “best of” lists in the past few years. Prominent travel writers,  many who have visited the town personally, have called Cody the coolest, most affordable, best for nature lovers, best for multi-generational vacations, best for history-lovers and one of the best places to retire in the country.” Check out our complete list of accolades here.

The recent USA Today ranking was based on population, growth, median household income and five-year-unemployment rate. Ranked by the paper as the 18th best place to live in the U.S., staff writers highlighted the town’s extremely low unemployment rate – 1 percent – and that the city’s poverty rate is well below the national rate. The town’s population of 9,826 full time residents has grown 3.1 percent in five years. Cody is one of just three Western towns to be included in the top 20 of the ranking, and one of just two Wyoming towns to be included in the listing. The other is Riverton, Wyo.

Founded by Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody in 1896, the town was always meant to be a tourist destination. Buffalo Bill, the legendary showman and driving force behind the enormous success of the Wild West Show throughout Europe and North America, had finely honed his organizational and public relations skills by the time he chose the resource-rich region to build his town. Throughout its first century, the town became known for its easy proximity to two Yellowstone entrances as well as its hospitality and increasing number of attractions such as the world-class Buffalo Bill Center of the West and nightly Cody Nite Rodeo.

The Irma Hotel, built by Buffalo Bill and named for his daughter, became recognized in the early 1900s as the finest accommodations east of the Mississippi. With increasing numbers of visitors every year, the town soon sprouted more hotels, lodges, dude ranches, restaurants, shops, museums and other attractions. Today, nearly 1 million travelers visit Cody every year.



Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.

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