The Welcome Sign in downtown Ogden
The site that is now Ogden saw its first European settlers when Miles Goodyear built Fort Buenaventura about a mile west of what is now downtown in 1846. Mormons bought the property in November 1847 for $1,950 and renamed it Brownsville. Later, the townspeople changed the name to Ogden in honor of Peter Skene Ogden, a trapping brigade leader for the Hudson's Bay Company who had explored extensively in the area twenty years earlier.
Ogden was on the route of the original Transcontinental Railroad line and became the primary junction point in northern Utah after the junction at Promontory Point was abandoned. Later, the main east-west line was built further south (nearer to Salt Lake City) and Ogden's position as a rail hub deteriorated. Today, the city still gets freight service but Amtrak passengers going to Ogden have to disembark in Salt Lake City and use the FrontRunner commuter rail service from there.
For many years, Ogden was the second largest city in Utah but recent growth in the Salt Lake City area has seen several Salt Lake suburbs and the city of Provo overtake Ogden in population. The largest employer in Ogden is the Internal Revenue Service.
In downtown Ogden
The Weber Center in downtown Ogden
Ogden City Hall
Zip Codes: 84201, 84244, 84401-84405, 84407-84409, 84412, 84414, 84415
High School or Higher: 76.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 16.9%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 5.3%
Cost of Living Index for Ogden: 86.5
Median Household Income: $42,000
Median Home Value: $142,000
Median Resident Age: 28.6 Years
Government, Health Care, Educational Services, Construction, Transportation Equipment, Lodging & Food Services, Waste Management Services, Retail Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 4.5%