Top Cowboy States In AmericaThese states are based on true cowboys, ranchers, and wranglers
The Top Ten
With all due respect, this list has no chance of coming out any other way then with Texas at the top. In fact there should be a list that names the best counties in Texas for Cowboys, and then a list of the States after Texas. The American Cowboy was born in Texas, and the heart of any Cowboy anywhere is forever tied to Texas. - Ned964
To all those Wyoming cowboys...no disrespect... but Texans are the original American cowboys descended directly from vaqueros. We have more cattle, more ranches, more horses, more guns...I mean where do you think the word rodeo came from? From the first cowboys the vaqueros.
My homestate! The birth of the modern American cowboy (sorry other states! ), and the start of most major historical cattle drives (and not to mention one of, if not THE, largest stockyards at Fort Worth, Texas). And although urbanization has been killing the cowboy culture in the major cities, it's still alive and well in rural Texas. Rural Texas still feels as Western as ever, and we rural Texans respect the Western way of life. You'd also have a hard time distinguishing a Texan cowboy from a Wyomingite cowboy at first glance (except maybe with accents and speech patterns). - LoneStar123
Texas is know for cowboysV 12 Comments
I agree with Wyoming being at the top of the list. I lived in Utah a majority of my life riding horses. I never owned a ranch myself. I always thought moving to Wyoming I would never see a single cowboy, I thought they would all be hiding in caves. After I moved up here I see nothing but Cowboys. They are all really nice folks and I fit in with them pretty well for the most part.
I was born in jackson and have lived in several towns in wyoming, a town I lived in for awhile called lander still used to have cattle drives through a town of 15 thousand or so people. By far the most real western state people even ride horses through town on a daily bases. When you think of spaghetti westerns you think of texas, arizona, utah, oklahoma, but when you think of a true western state wyoming takes the cake.
To the guy who said there's no real cowboys in Texas, we got 'em down in rural Texas, and we'll be happy to show you around our massive ranches (King Ranch, especially). We got cowboys here, and they'll stay here, unless the unrealistic decision for ALL of them to pack up and leave crosses their mind - LoneStar123
Naturally, the cowboy state. "There ain't no real cowboys from texass"V 7 Comments
Best bull riders of all time are from Oklahoma best country singers as well am I. I I travel all over the country working West Virginia to California I live in Oklahoma City and I see more cowboy boots and cowboy hats from Oklahoma City to Tulsa can I have anywhere anywhere in the world
Oklahoma has a strong Western heritage and is known for COWBOYS and Indians. Homesteading. We are rich in ranch and ranchers.
It is the home of the 19th century land rushes, Guthrie, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Bull riding, the last fort still in operation that was involved in Indian Wars(Fort Sill), Ranch culture and Will Rogers.
Texas is the choice of Northerners who watch too many movies.V 5 Comments
New Mexico was an American symbol of where cowboys truly started, which was Mexico with the Vaqueros. It stands to reason that because of this historical reminder, it should make the top ten list
Only real cowboys come from new mexico.
The original cowboy state.
Colorado, native born and raised. True definition of a ranch state high quality horses, real cattle drives and a real Wild West feeling! Defiantly a cowboy state with the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
Cowboys here are very common, from the Eastern plains to the western slope western life is the norm. Even in the front range cowboys are common, just a little more spread out.
Wisconsin dairy cows do not compare to a Colorado cattle drive. Cowboy/Ranching culture is quite different than farming.
Being from Montana, I know that you aren't going to find any truer cowboys and cowgirls than those you find in Montana. We're tough, hard-working, and not afraid of getting hurt or a little dirty. It's "all in a day's work." The spirit of the old west is still very much alive and well here. We don't shrink from a challenge, rather we face it head-on. We believe in working hard for what you have. At least half of the state's population is involved in farming or ranching in one way or another. Cattle and horses are around every corner. Montana is the most "cowboy" state of all 50! Proud Montanan here!
The only reason I can think of for why Montana is number 7 is that all the cowboys are busy working ranches instead of voting on internet polls
Montana is as cowboy as it gets, we got extreme heat and extreme cold and everything in between. This place is certainly not for the faint of heart
I live in Montana and agree. -chance 4th graderV 12 Comments
Commercially, California seems like the last place you would ever see cowboys. But that's because the commercials don't go too far north of L.A. Up north, there's lots of farm and ranch land, and plenty if cow folks.
Northern California is home to more hill Billy he'll raisers and rednecks than most states just look at hank Williams Jr's song country boy can survive
I wouldn't be surprised that California is second to Texas in the # of cowboys living in the state although it probably won't be the highest percentage wise.
California isn't a hick state Texas isV 4 Comments
This should be #1. Every well known stories about cowboys were there.
Arizona has a lot more desert and a few less cowboys than some of the others, but there's a few that settled there long ago and stayed put in their small towns.
Home of the Worlds Oldest Rodeo! Prescott Frontier Days
The Wild West is still alive in Az!V 4 Comments
Cowboy memorabilia everywhere in this state.
In my definition of cowboy, Kansas deserves a place. These folks work hard farming crops and have the blood, sweat, and sun burns to prove it
I live in Kansas and you can't turn around without seeing a cowboy hat or a rodeo arena
I Love Kansas because it is where I live and I love the weather.
The 2 most famous cowboy towns are in KansasV 2 Comments
I live in kentucky!
Y'all would have to come to Kentucky to understand
I would say rednecks
more than cowboys.
I grew up in Cox’s creek, KY. There are farmers, ranchers, and a lot of cowboys down here. And an equal amount of briar hoppers (rednecks) you might say we are a similar breed. Plenty of old country singers see Kentucky as a home state, even if they ain’t from here. A place full of southern hospitality, and a horse on about every hillside. In KY there were many settlers, from the 1700’s cowboys filled this land, and they continue to thrive in it today.
Every city has a rodeo and a rodeo grounds!
Best western state.
Most redneck country sate in the world ps roll coal
Perhaps a little more of a country music place than a cowboy place, it still has a lot of the culture that made cowboys what they are
I live in Easter Tennessee, and all I see is people dressed like they just came from a rodeo. Plus they have accents. But we are very polite.
Tennessee embraces cowboy culture with a modern twist. Proud to be from here, most of the time.
I love tennessee
I personally think that Nevada should be listed as #2 for being a cowboy state.
The Great Basin buckaroos are some of the finest cowpunchers in the west!
Nevada's cowboy days may have passed in the recent years, but out there away from Vegas, there bound to be a few left, as well as the NFR being held in Vegas itself
"Nevada, is a wannabe California state, and the people all think they are gangsters. Fallon NV is big for a whore high school if you want to consider it a cowboy stat than go ahead but it's not.
Florida is more like descendants of cowboys who adapt some of the cowboy culture than actual cowboys, when would a cowboy be speaking Spanish or Portuguese?
Surprising, but more cowboys here than Texas.
We call them Cattle Men or crackers
I’ve seen many more cars, not trucks, in Florida Dealership showrooms. Just the opposite in parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Dakota’s and High Plains States. Trucks rule in these states!
Cowboys in Florida?
COUNTRY ROAAADS TAKE ME HOOOMEE TO THE PLAACE I BELOOONG WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MAMAAA TAKE ME HOMEEE COUNTRY ROAAADS S TAKE ME HOME
They may not be true cowboys, but farmers in Wisconsin carry their own kind of grit and blood with them. They're tough people. I would know; my entire family is composed of them. Including myself.
Growing up in Southern Idaho is the same experience as its neighbors Montana and Wyoming. Drive down the I-84, you see plenty of Cowboys and ranching land. Many of my friends were in the rodeo and/or ranching
I grew up here and you would be surprised of how many cowboys and cowgirls there are. All you have to do is know where to look
We have so much land and a lot of room for cowboys and ranchers to occupy.
In western Arkansas, we’ve got lots Cowboys. Hit the backroads and you won’t miss them.
Missouri deserves mention as the "Mother of Western Outlaws", e.g., Jesse and Frank James, home of the Bushwhackers, starting point for the Pony Express (St. Joseph), Oregon Trail, and Santa Fe Trail (both in Independence).
I have seen people in georgia who are so redneck and old and one really fat old guy
Here in Washington, we have barely any Pop stations, all is either religious or Country. Most have Accents, and lots of dirt roads. Our most popular car type Is a truck, and most people wear cowboy/cowgirl hats.
If you go to southern Illinois you'll see a lot of farms,horses,ranches,etc.
*Massachusetts is barely a "Cowboy State". It's more of a "Naval/Sailor State".
You look at "The Mass" and tell me that it isn't a cowboy state. The history of this state is surrounded in cowboy culture and those who say it ain't are liars and heresayers.
Lots of ribs
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