Jun 1, 2015

Website names Cody as one of America's best small towns

Cody is being called one of the best places to live in America.

Among the 12,000 towns around the country that have between 1,000 and 20,000 people, Livability.com ranked Cody as No. 52.

“Tourism is the city’s primary industry, with annual events like a Cody Stampede Rodeo that attracts huge crowds. Schools in Cody develop young minds. The community has many art galleries and independent restaurants, and residents receive great medical care at West Park Hospital,” Livability wrote in its explanation.

A screenshot of Livability's ranking of Cody.
The brief write-up also notes the views of Heart Mountain that Cody offers and the nearby Shoshone River. (Livability initially referred to Heart Mountain as “Helen Mountain” – a peak well to the south in Sublette County – but fixed the error after an inquiry from Cody News Company.)

Cody ranked highly in categories for its health, amenities and civics. Livability's data says the city has an median income of $48,125, a median home price of $186,600 and 1,244 business with 10 or more employees (with thousands of other businesses having less than 10 workers). You can peruse the data here.

“The community has many art galleries and independent restaurants, and residents receive great medical care at West Park Hospital,” the website wrote.

To come up the the rankings, Livabilty.com said it used more than 40 data points across eight categories – ranging from demographics to real estate to health care – that were weighted based on what people have said matters the most to them in their communities.

The data came from sources ranging from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Esri, Walk Score, Great Schools, Americans for the Arts and variables that Livability created from the study.

Other local cities who made the top 100 list of most livable small towns were Jackson (No. 13), Sheridan (No. 41) and Red Lodge (No. 79).

“America was built on small towns. Regardless of whether these cities and towns are suburbs of major metros, or hamlets unto themselves, they have great character and are great places to live,” Livability editor Matt Carmichael said in a news release.

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