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Why Ogden?

Ogden is located 35 miles north of Salt Lake City and is a 30 minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. It is a city of 80,000 within a larger metropolitan area that extends along the Wasatch Front from Ogden, to Salt Lake City, to Provo. Ogden is a regional center for employment, retail, and public services. Ogden offers access to all the advantages of a major metropolitan area, but maintains a low cost of business and living, high quality of life, and unparalleled access to the outdoors. In recent years, Ogden has experienced a major renaissance, with the revitalization of its downtown and the growth of many industries. Key industry clusters are outdoor recreation, aerospace/advanced materials and composites, and information technology/software. Ogden offers the benefit of strong industry clusters, unique assets that support innovation, a young, well-educated workforce, and high-quality, low-cost locations. As a result, many businesses and residents have decided to call Ogden home.


  • According to Forbes Magazine, Ogden is the 11th best place for business and careers, the 7th fastest growing city, and the 3rd best place to raise a family in the U.S. (2014)
  • Newsweek Magazine recently published a cover story on Ogden, exploring why our community has the country's narrowest wealth gap (2015)
  • Sunset Magazine has recognized Ogden as of one of the West's top five best places to live (2016)
  • In a recent study by the Brookings Institution, Ogden ranked 14th in the U.S. for highest share of advanced industry employees (2014)
  • According to a USA Today study, Ogden is one of the top ten metro areas expected to have the biggest percentage increases in jobs that require a college degree by 2017 (2014)
  • In Business Journals On Numbers Economic Index, Ogden ranked 9th in the U.S. in terms of economic vitality (2013)
  • Ogden City received a Gold “Excellence in Economic Development” award from the International Economic Development Council in 2012 for its innovative public/private partnership with the Boyer Company to develop and manage Business Depot Ogden.