Top Cowboy States In AmericaThese states are based on true cowboys, ranchers, and wranglers
The Top Ten
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 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.
I just voted for Texas because everybody there are so friendly and, er, everything's bigger in Texas, right?V 16 Comments
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.V 8 Comments
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.V 6 Comments
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.
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.
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!V 16 Comments
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.V 6 Comments
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.V 6 Comments
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.
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 arenaV 2 Comments
It is cool here
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.
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.V 3 Comments
Best western state.
Every city has a rodeo and a rodeo grounds!
Most redneck country sate in the world ps roll coal
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 itselfV 1 Comment
Alabama is the most country state here besides maybe Texas or Montana
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?
Stop it with the stupid country roads crap - Pokemonfan10
Awesome state! Living here is awesome! Even though the weather isn't nice some times..it's awesome! Love this state!
COUNTRY ROAAADS TAKE ME HOOOMEE TO THE PLAACE I BELOOONG WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MAMAAA TAKE ME HOMEEE COUNTRY ROAAADS S TAKE ME HOME
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.
Believe it or not, parts of Ohio do have cowboys. Particularly in Southeastern Ohio.
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).
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
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
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.
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
There’s no cowboys here
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.
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
If you go to southern Illinois you'll see a lot of farms,horses,ranches,etc.
I met a boy here and he was a cowboy
Definitely not the most cowboy, but doesn't deserve the last place.
MAINE HAS THE DISTINCTION OF HAVING THE GREATEST COUNTRY SONG WRITTEN ABOUT ONE PARTICULAR ROAD BY OUR OWN COUNTRY SINGER... THE HAYNESVILLE WOODS ROAD BY DICK CURLESS!
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".
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
Wow, the state is known more for sewers, atlantic city and the jersey shore. one of the last on my list.
Oscar is going to Lowa
Lots of ribs
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