Cody, Wyoming

Life in Cody, Wyoming, explained by people who’ve lived in Cody:

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Cody Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Cody?

  • The closeness to Yellowstone. (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • Proximity to nature. (Keith, 8 years)
  • The supporting community. (Devon, 12 years)
  • The mountains and views. (Gail, 16 years)
  • Warm summertime, parades, flowers in summer, days when the wind doesn’t blow! (Gayle, 20 years)
  • Clean, small town living. (Donna, 23 years)
  • So many to name, but the wildlife and the mountains. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Nature. (Sue, 60 years)
  • Small community. (Cheryl, 65 years)

Cody Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Cody?

  • City politics. (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • Drug problems. (Keith, 8 years)
  • Not enough family activities. (Devon, 12 years)
  • The lack of employment. (Gail, 16 years)
  • The wind. Ugh. 😒 (Gayle, 20 years)
  • Wind. (Donna, 23 years)
  • “Summer” is only 3 months max. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Traffic – Tourist – Speeding. (Sue, 6o years)
  • Wind, price of produce. (Cheryl, 65 years)

Cody Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Cody?

  • The museum, the rec, the ice arena, and the library. (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • Admire the views and wildlife and shop. (Keith, 8 years)
  • The rec center, golfing, parks. (Devon, 12 years)
  • Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Dam, river rafting, trail town. (Gail, 16 years)
  • Rodeo, rafting, camping, hiking… (Gayle, 20 years)
  • Driving around looking at wildlife. (Donna, 23 years)
  • Hiking in the hills, driving to Yellowstone and shopping. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Camp. (Sue, 60 years)
  • The great outdoors. (Cheryl, 65 years)
  • Irma porch. In the summer the world comes to you. (Anonymous)

Cody’s Reputation

What’s Cody known for?

  • Historically being settled and/or improved by Buffalo Bill Cody. (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • Meth. (Keith, 8 years)
  • Cowboy town. (Devon, 12 years)
  • Buffalo Bill. (Gail, 16 years)
  • Rodeo, the museum, Buffalo Bill, Irma Hotel. (Gayle, 20 years)
  • Cody Nite Rodeo. (Donna, 23 years)
  • Buffalo Bill Cody. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Buffalo Bill. (Sue, 60 years)
  • Western way of life. (Cheryl, 65 years)
  • Western hospitality. (Anonymous)

Cody Crime

What’s the crime like in Cody? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Not bad, but enough that you make sure your vehicles and homes are locked. (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • Terrible (Shamrock Apt). (Keith, 8 years)
  • I don’t ever hear about crime. (Devon, 12 years)
  • Drugs are on the rise unfortunately. Not a lot of major crime which is good, and we have an amazing police department. (Gail, 16 years)
  • Seems like a pretty low crime rate here (compared to bigger cities). (Gayle, 20 years)
  • Pretty safe. (Donna, 23 years)
  • Not a lot, mainly senseless acts here and there. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Minimal. (Sue, 60 years)
  • Drugs. (Cheryl, 65 years)
  • What crime? We have drugs and drunks. But very seldom killings. No gangs. (Anonymous)

Cody Advice

Any advice for people moving to Cody?

  • Join the Rec – best $ you will spend, join the Museum Friends too. (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • Dont move here; drugs, meth, and police who do to little. (Keith, 8 years)
  • You will feel the love. (Devon, 12 years)
  • Cost of living is high in comparison to job wages, winter is hard to survive when jobs are scarce. (Gail, 16 years)
  • Nice place to be. (Donna, 23 years)
  • The only traffic jams we have are deer crossing, so be careful. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • It gets cold in the winter and it is long. (Sue, 60 years)
  • Consider the remoteness. (Cheryl, 65 years)
  • It’s expensive. (Anonymous)

Cody Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Cody (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Still haven’t been here so long we are sick of the Stampede Hoopla – it’s the best! (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • It was crazy, I tried to sleep last night but meth heads upstairs kept me awake till 3:00 am, crazy right… (Keith, 8 years)
  • Carnival, Yellowstone. (Devon, 12 years)
  • The Cody Gunfighters at the Irma was amazing and very entertaining. Years ago there was a fantastic Christmas stroll through town and there were chestnuts roasting on almost every corner and lot of participation from citizens and local businesses, that was the best one. (Gail, 16 years)
  • Taking friends & family on river raft trips, lots of camping trips up Northfork, etc. (Gayle, 20 years)
  • I think we have the best 4th of July parade. (Donna, 23 years)
  • Every summer I take my kids hiking, and I love to show them how blessed they are to have the amazing scenery and wildlife. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Growing up here. (Cheryl, 65 years)
  • Watching the 4th of July parade dancing at Cassies. (Anonymous)

Cody’s Future

How do you think Cody will change over the next 10 years?

  • Too many people moving in. (Bonnie, 6 years)
  • It will lose its wildlife the deer that roam freely, lose tourists, fill with more drug use, more people that are decent will move out, more druggy gangs will move in and it will be nothing but crap soon. (Keith, 8 years)
  • Maybe more businesses. (Devon, 12 years)
  • Sadly the cost of living will continue to rise where the jobs will not. (Gail, 16 years)
  • More people. (Donna, 23 years)
  • I think it is already changing every year it seems to grow. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Get over populated. (Sue, 60 years)
  • Hopefully a good job base. (Cheryl, 65 years)
  • Get more expensive. (Anonymous)

Cody Facts

Any other interesting facts about Cody?

  • It used to be a great place to raise a family. (Keith, 8 years)
  • Good food especially the Irma. (Devon, 12 years)
  • It is a beautiful scenic drive from Cody to the east gate entrance of Yellowstone. (Gail, 16 years)
  • We have a lot of fine western artists. (Donna, 23 years)
  • Cody people may seem different, but we have hearts of gold helping where we can. (Kaela, 30 years)
  • Most people do not like animal rights. (Sue, 60 years)
  • We actually don’t have all the bad weather that people think we do. (Cheryl, 65 years)