Ogden | World’s Best Cities


Sitting nearly 4,300 feet above sea level along the northern end of the Wasatch Mountain range just 35 miles from Salt Lake City, Ogden appeals mightily to the avid outdoor set. But it has an urban wild side too, with events like the annual Witchstock fest (complete with a Zombie Crawl) and the family-friendly Harvest Moon Celebration. Outdoor products form one of the city’s key industries, along with IT and life sciences (specializing in biopharmaceuticals and medical devices). Another is aerospace and advanced manufacturing, the city being situated in the heart of the sector’s cluster two miles from Hill Air Force Base. Combine these powerful industries and you get one of the most well-off midsize cities in the nation, ranking #16 for Prosperity with Top 5 Household Incomes (#5). The state is investing in the city’s future, with a new 5.3-mile bus rapid transit line from downtown to Weber State University and McKay Dee Hospital. Scheduled for a 2022 completion, the $91.9-million project calls for 1.8 miles of exclusive bus lanes and a transit center on campus.