I freely admit that I am one of those people who loves obscure and not-so-obscure facts, statistics and observations. For me it’s fun to sit around and talk about items like who played Clint Reno in Love Me Tender or Dr. John Carpenter in Change of Habit. (Hint: It was Elvis Presley, and these were his first and final movie roles.)
While pop culture is always fertile ground for lighthearted discussions, I also like to look at subjects from a numbers perspective. Here are some items about Cody Yellowstone that I find fascinating.
6,967. Park County Wyoming covers 6,967 square miles. That is a big chunk of land, almost 15 times the size of all five boroughs of New York City.
30,000. We have less than 30,000 residents in our county. The Big Apple, on the other hand, has around 8.5 million.
4.1. There are just over four residents per square mile in Cody Yellowstone.
53. More than half – 53 percent – of Yellowstone National Park is located in Park County.
3. In our vast county are just three municipalities – Cody, Powell and Meeteetse.
5. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is comprised of five museums: Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Natural History Museum.
100. The Cody Stampede turns 100 this year.
2. The East Gate and the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park are two of the five ways into the park and are easy drives from Cody.
5,016. The altitude of Cody is just under one mile up. Maybe that’s why our weather is often compared to Denver’s.
10.5. The average amount of precipitation in Cody is 10.5 inches annually. That makes for a wonderfully dry climate. Parts of the county, especially in the higher elevations in and around Yellowstone, see much more precipitation. That’s good news for skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoe fans.
300. Cody sees approximately 300 days of sunshine each year.
100. While I couldn’t find statistics to back this one up, let’s call it an educated “guesstimate” that is based on years of chatting with Cody Yellowstone visitors. One hundred percent of all visitors are happy visitors who, after visiting our big corner of heaven in northwest Wyoming say that they are glad they came.
Until next time, I’m counting my blessings and loving life here in Cody Yellowstone.