Top Cowboy States In America

These states are based on true cowboys, ranchers, and wranglers

The Top Ten

1 Texas Texas Texas is a state in the USA. It is the second largest by area and population. Its largest city is Houston.

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

Hicks from the sticks.

To all those Wyoming 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.

I just voted for Texas because everybody there are so friendly and, er, everything's bigger in Texas, right?

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2 Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the tenth largest by area, but the least populous and the second least densely populated of the 50 United States.

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

I saw someone going through McDonald's on their horse. And it was so normal I had completely forgotten about it until now. We have the Rodeo Capital of the World, and you won't see many (if any) people using ATVs in ranch work because we still actually use our horses.

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.

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.

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3 Oklahoma Oklahoma

We are more mighty then most

Texas is the choice of Northerners who watch too many movies.

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.

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4 Colorado Colorado Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.

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.

5 New Mexico New Mexico

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.

6 Montana Montana Montana is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña.

I know that Montana is a lot more cowboy then Oklahoma it should be third behind Wyoming and Texas

Saw a man riding to the store on horseback. If that isn't cowboy enough, I don't know what is

There is no valid reason why Montana is 6th on this list. It should be much higher. - BogBossHogg01

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!

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7 California California

California is also known as the Wild Wild West and don't be fooled by the big cities such as San Diego Los Angeles and San Francisco but in Southeastern part of California more specifically Imperial County which Borders with Arizona there are plenty of Rednecks out there me personally I wouldn't call it a Cowboy state but I sure would call it a Redneck State

California isn't a hick state Texas is

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.

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.

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8 Arizona Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

We have a horse trail by my house and it's normal to wear cowboy gear. That horse trail is in Phoenix, you'll find more cowboy culture down south in Tucson and tombstone


The Wild West is still alive in Az!

This should be #1. Every well known stories about cowboys were there.

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9 South Dakota South Dakota

South Dakota is a border state between the Midwest and the West. The western half of SD has absolutely massive ranches raising cattle and bison, as well as some more unusual animals. There is no doubt that SD has a strong Western culture with many cowboys. Western SD also has some of the most stunning and beautiful Western landscapes with multiple areas of badlands, and the beautiful Black Hills. - BighornMountains

Cowboy memorabilia everywhere in this state.

10 Kansas Kansas Kansas is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area.

The 2 most famous cowboy towns are in Kansas

I Love Kansas because it is where I live and I love the weather.

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

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The Contenders

11 Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.

How is KY not on the list?!

I live in kentucky!

Y'all would have to come to Kentucky to understand

I would say rednecks
more than cowboys.

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12 Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.

I think this state should go more up the list.

Definitely a cowboy state

Tennessee is full of country pride. We love our country music and we love our cowboy boots.

Tennessee embraces cowboy culture with a modern twist. Proud to be from here, most of the time.

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13 Utah Utah Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 31st-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

Best western state.

Every city has a rodeo and a rodeo grounds!

Most redneck country sate in the world ps roll coal

Love Utah

14 Nevada Nevada Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.

Wide open land where ranchers graze their cattle all over the state. I live on a dozen acres that has a boundary with BLM land and cattle herds graze there every year. Major rodeo has been held in Reno for the last 100 years. Visiting city slickers only see Vegas, Reno and Tahoe casinos...the rest of the state is open range mostly held by the the BLM which leases it to ranchers and mining operations.

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

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15 Alabama Alabama Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

Alabama is the most country state here besides maybe Texas or Montana

16 North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
17 Florida Florida

Surprising, but more cowboys here than Texas.

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?

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?

18 West Virginia West Virginia

Stop it with the stupid country roads crap - Pokemonfan10

Awesome state! Living here is awesome! Even though the weather isn't nice some's awesome! Love this state!



19 Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

In rural areas, guys in WI definitely wear cowboy boots. Even in more urban areas, guys wear boots, but it's just not as common. However, that's not to say they don't. I like cowboy boots so I wear them. My guess is many guys feel the same and thus wear them as well.

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.

20 Oregon Oregon Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada.
21 Mississippi Mississippi


22 Ohio Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

Believe it or not, parts of Ohio do have cowboys. Particularly in Southeastern Ohio.

23 Virginia Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.
24 Missouri Missouri Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states.

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).

25 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.

There are SO many country rednecks out here! And black necks after I smack upside the head...

I have seen people in georgia who are so redneck and old and one really fat old guy

26 Idaho Idaho Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

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

27 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Its name is of Siouan derivation, denoting the Quapaw Indians.

Fort Smith was is one of the most historically western Towns between protecting settlers in Indian territory and the hanging judge to the movie true grit!

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.

28 Louisiana Louisiana
29 Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory.
30 Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln.

Hicks, hicks everywhere...

We a bunch of hicks here boy

Nebraska should be MUCH higher on this list. It’s one of the top beef producing states in the US! - BogBossHogg01

31 New York New York

There’s no cowboys here

32 Indiana Indiana
33 Washington Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

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.

34 Maryland Maryland Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

In the mall in the eastern shore of Maryland, all the men over the age of 35 were wearing cowboy boots. There are cotton fields everywhere. Most people think of DC or Baltimore but on the eastern shore it’s pretty southern and pretty cowboy

35 Illinois Illinois Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.

If you go to southern Illinois you'll see a lot of farms,horses,ranches,etc.

36 Michigan Michigan

I met a boy here and he was a cowboy

37 Vermont Vermont
38 Alaska Alaska Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

Definitely not the most cowboy, but doesn't deserve the last place.

39 New Hampshire New Hampshire
40 Maine Maine


41 Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England part of the northeastern region of the United States.

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.

*Massachusetts is barely a "Cowboy State". It's more of a "Naval/Sailor State".

42 South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

In both the Carolinas you’ll see a lot of guys (& gals) wearing square toe cowboy boots. The cowboy culture may not be that prevalent due to few cattle ranches but the country culture is alive and well. - BogBossHogg01

43 New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey is a state in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware.

Wow, the state is known more for sewers, atlantic city and the jersey shore. one of the last on my list.

44 Iowa Iowa Iowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west.

Oscar is going to Lowa

Lots of ribs

45 Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959.
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