Ogden, Utah


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Ogden was the first permanent settlement of people of European descent in what is now the state of Utah.  Originally called Fort Buenaventura, Ogden was settled by fur trapper Miles Goodyear in 1844.  LDS (Mormon) settlers subsequently bought Fort Buenaventura in 1847 for $1,950.  They renamed the settlement Brownsville, after Captain James Brown.  Brownsville was incorporated on February 6th, 1851.  The name of the city was changed for the final time to Ogden, after a brigade leader of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Peter Skene Ogden, who had fur trapped in the region previously.  Interestingly, Ogden is the closest “sizeable” city to the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, where the First Transcontinental Railroad was joined in 1869.

Today, according to a 2012 US Census Bureau estimate, Ogden has a population of 83,793 people.  The Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area is considered the second largest metropolitan statistical area in the state of Utah, after the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.  According to that same 2012 estimate, the Ogden-Clearfield MSA has a population of 547,184 people.  In 2010, Forbes Magazine rated the Ogden area as being the 6th best place to raise a family in the country.


Ogden Utah Industries claims the Internal Revenue Service is the largest employer in the region, responsible for over 5,000 jobs.  Other large employers in the area include McKay Dee Hospital, Weber State University, Ogden City School District, Autoliv, Fresenius, and Convergys.  Not only has Forbes Magazine ranked Ogden as one of the best places in the country to raise a family, in 2013 Forbes also ranked the Ogden area as being the sixteenth best place in the country for business and careers.  In fact, the Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan area serves as the headquarters for companies like FJ Management Inc., Marketstar, Autoliv, Bank of Utah, America First Credit Union, and Kadince.

Ogden boasts several points of interest, including the Historic 25th Street District, where the Bigelow-Ben Lomond Hotel stands.  This hotel is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  The Bigelow-Ben Lomond Hotel was built by Hodgson & McClenahan; Whitmeyer, George & Sons in 1927 in the late 19th and 20th century revival and Italian Renaissance architectural styles.

The Ogden area is also known as the home of Weber State University.  Originally, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founded Weber State in 1889 as Weber Stake Academy, but Weber State University has subsequently become a public university.  In 2010, Weber State had a $62.2 million endowment and in 2012 the university had 820 administrative staff and 26,681 students in total.

Ogden is home to three downhill ski areas: Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Wolf Mountain.  As for other sports, Ogden is home to the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League of minor league baseball.  The Raptors play at Lindquist Field and have four league titles to their name.  The Raptors are a farm team for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Otherwise, Ogden is home to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association league Junction City Roller Dolls and soccer’s Premier Development League’s Ogden Outlaws.  American Indoor Football Association’s Ogden Knights play in Golden Spike Arena.

Do you own a small business in the Ogden area?  Thinking about it?  Then check out these resources:

Apply for a Business License in Ogden

Ogden City Business Development – Home

Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce

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