SHERIDAN, WYOMING has a new reason to celebrate thanks to a new ranking by Livability.com. The King of Cowboy towns was named in Livability.com’s Top 10 Small Towns.
Livability.com narrowed down the original list of 500 Best Places to Live using a range of factors. Population, median household income, crime rate, and unemployment were a few of the first categories considered. Once the initial selections, the next set of criteria evaluated lifestyle amenities like outdoor activities, museums, art galleries, community events, and performance venues.
Sheridan is cradled in the majestic Bighorn Mountains, a popular destination for sportsmen and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Sheridan has worked to share its frontier roots while simultaneously looking ahead. In Sheridan’s Historic Main Street District there are more than 46 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The King’s Museum, Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum, Trail End State Historic Site, and Mandel Cabin are a few of the museums and historic sites in Sheridan where residents and visitors can look back through the town’s wild west past. Just outside of town, there are living history displays and reenactments at forts and battle sites.
While history is preserved in Sheridan, the new west can be seen here as well. Modern parks, downtown sculptures, summer street festivals and concerts, and championship golf courses are just a few new west additions. Seasonal festivals such as the Big West Arts Festival and WYO Rodeo highlight some of Sheridan’s cultural attractions. Residents also enjoy a low unemployment rate and diverse business climate. All of these were considered in Liveability.com’s decision.
Sheridan’s warm, small town atmosphere, rich history, and varied recreational opportunities have attracted notice for years. Sheridan was named one of the 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the King of Cowboy Towns by Western Horseman Magazine.