Along with Deadwood, South Dakota Cedar City, Utah also made the list as one of American Cowboy's 20 Best Places to Live in the West for 2011. Cedar City was acknowledged for it's "cowboy culture, frontier history, western events and spectacular south west scenery".
This is the fourth annual list of "Best Places to Live in the American West" put out by American Cowboy. The editors 'rounded-up a herd of entries from the western plains to the great Pacific'. The top 20 received the American Cowboy seal of approval as the best places to hang your cowboy hat!
DeAnna Jarnagin, one of the publishers at American Cowboy Mag said, "This year's entries really live up to the ideal of Western places which embody the rugged, free-spirit of the West version of the American Dream. They are places where you experience true cowboy culture, spectacular scenery, a good dose of American history." Not too mention some really good steak!
The major criteria used for the selection included: outdoor appeal, historical significance, regional ranching activity and tourism. The editors also took into consideration population, land price, household price, median age and the quantity of events (Western) taking place in the community throughout the year.
The winners are selected from five regions:
Texas and the Plains
California and Nevada
The Southwest, and
Bonnie Char, a Cedar City PR Specialist commented, “The article mentions just a few of our fantastic events, including Cedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival and the 50th Anniversary of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. We're thrilled to be recognized this way. This is the kind of publicity that will give a good perspective for vacationers and a glimpse of the unique offerings which are available in our scenic southern Utah.”
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