Named for Buffalo Bill Cody and established in 1896, Cody, Wyoming is the
entrance way to the Yellowstone
National Park and has a ranger district office for the
Shoshone National Forest.
As you explore the town, don’t miss the Buffalo Bill Historical Center which is four museums under one roof. The Buffalo Bill Museum highlights personal and historical memorabilia including guns, saddles, clothing and trophies. The Cody Firearms displays more than 5,000 projectile arms with pieces dating back to 1860. At the Plains Indian Museum there are exhibits featuring their artifacts –clothing, tools, and weapons. For paintings, sculptures and a comprehensive Western Art collection, visit the Whitney Gallery of Western Art.
the Buffalo Bill State Park and Buffalo Bill Dam and Visitor
Center, you are sure to see indigenous wild life as you
enjoy boating, fishing, camping and picnicking. The Visitor
Center has a natural history museum, a dam overlook and
a gift shop.
For a glimpse of life in the Old West, hen mosey on over to Trail Town and the Museum of the Old West where you will find 24 reconstructed buildings ranging 1879 to 1899, as well as a cemetery at the sight of Old Cody City. Buildings on site include the cabin of Crow Scout Curley and a cabin used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
While in Cody, be sure to visit America’s first national forest, the 2,466,586 acre Shoshone National Forest. Here you can see the big herd game, lakes, streams, mountains and some of the largest glaciers in the continental United States.
For winter wonderland activity, head to Sleeping Giant Ski Area where you can enjoy downhill and cross country skiing or take a ride on a snowmobile. For summertime adventures, sign up with the guides at Wyoming River Trips (800-586-6661) or the River Runners (800-535-7238). Both outfitters provide everything you need for white water rafting fun.
Cody Demographics and Information
Population: 9,217 as of 2007
Climate: Cody gets 10 inches of rain per year. The
number of days with any measurable precipitation is 67.
On average, there are 213 sunny days per year in Cody. The
July high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 13.
Cost of Living / Economy: The unemployment rate is
3.40%, with job growth of -0.30%. Future job growth over
the next ten years is predicted to be 15.82%. Sales tax
rate is 4.00%. Income tax is 0.00%. The income per capita
is $20,211, which includes all adults and children. The
median household income is $37,449. Compared to the rest
of the country, Cody's cost of living is 1.06% Higher than
the U.S. average.
Education: Cody schools spend $5,137 per student.
There are 12 pupils per teacher, 387 students per librarian,
and 211 children per counselor.
Real Estate / Housing: The median home value is $330,000.
Home appreciation is -10.33% over the last year. Renters
make up 30.27% of the population. 7.62% of houses and apartments
Photo Credits: Rodeo by Colin Gregory Palmer;
Muddy Horses by Hoof Beats; Barn by Jim