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.
Everything is bigger in Texas. From boots to hats, Texas is full of cowboy culture. The reason Texas stands below Montana is because Texas is very commercialized and populated, meaning that some of the people wear the attire, but aren't really cowboys.
Texas is know for cowboysV 11 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.
This is true. No one lives here. But everyone that dose, well they own a only 3 things. Gun, horse and ranch. (Including me)
I used to work with a gal from Wyoming, and I'd love to go on about her at length, because she is a very unique and wonderful person, and I miss her... But back to the reason I began this comment. She was very much a Wyoming girl, and she would revel in telling us about the Cowboy culture that exists in Wyoming, she herself, while not a Cowgirl, was the Wyoming State mid-range shooting champion. Out of respect for her anonymity, I won't repeat her name here. Given all of that, I'm sure if I where to ask her which State is the home of the Cowboy, she would reluctantly concede that State is Texas. I will ask her when I see her next, and get back to ya. - Ned964
Naturally, the cowboy state. "There ain't no real cowboys from texass"V 6 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.
I was born in Tennessee and raised in Oklahoma and this deserves #2.So many rednecks and cowboys.Blame my accent and my love for Sweet Tea, on my roots! I'm country and proud.V 4 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.
Howdy!V 3 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
Y'all would have to come to Kentucky to understand
I would say rednecks
more than cowboys.
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.
I love tennessee
Every city has a rodeo and a rodeo grounds!
Best western state.
Most redneck country sate in the world ps roll coal
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?
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.
COUNTRY ROAAADS TAKE ME HOOOMEE TO THE PLAACE I BELOOONG WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MAMAAA TAKE ME HOMEEE COUNTRY ROAAADS S TAKE ME HOME
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
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.
I have seen people in georgia who are so redneck and old and one really fat old guy
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).
If you go to southern Illinois you'll see a lot of farms,horses,ranches,etc.
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.
Lots of ribs
*Massachusetts is barely a "Cowboy State". It's more of a "Naval/Sailor State".
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