Ogden, Utah


The welcome sign in downtown Ogden
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.

Downtown in Ogden
In downtown Ogden
The Weber Center in Ogden
The Weber Center in downtown Ogden
Ogden City Hall
Ogden City Hall
Fast Facts about Ogden, Utah
Ogden, Weber County, UT
Zip Codes: 84201, 84244, 84401-84405, 84407-84409, 84412, 84414, 84415
Latitude: 41.2196°N
Longitude: 111.9712°W
Incorporated: 1851
Elevation: 4,300'

Education:
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

2015 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $42,000
Median Home Value: $142,000
Median Resident Age: 28.6 Years
Major Industries:
Government, Health Care, Educational Services, Construction, Transportation Equipment, Lodging & Food Services, Waste Management Services, Retail Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 4.5%
 
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population
82,825
Males
42,039
Females
40,786
Population by Age
Under 18
23,377
18 & over
59,448
20-24
7,909
25-34
14,529
35-49
14,466
50-64
12,023
65 & over
7,790
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
24,940
Non Hispanic or Latino
57,885
Population by Race
White
62,318
African-American
1,821
Asian
1,029
Native American
1,156
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
252
Other
13,148
Two or more
3,101
 
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