OGDEN — According to Forbes Magazine, there are only five American cities better at doing business than Ogden.
Ogden was ranked as the sixth- best city in America for business in the July 16 issue of Forbes.
For the ranking, the magazine considered the entire Ogden-Clearfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Davis, Morgan and Weber counties.
According to the magazine profile, Ogden ranked so high because it serves as the regional economic hub for all of Northern Utah, with the federal government and health care industries as the two biggest.
The profile mentions the Internal Revenue Service’s large presence in Ogden as the city’s largest employer and the emergence of Business Depot Ogden, formerly an army depot, which was restructured to be a 1,000- plus acre business park and is home to numerous companies.
The magazine also mentions the city’s unique and diverse outdoor recreation scene as another major economic driver.
Mayor Mike Caldwell said the city’s natural landscape offers opportunities for outdoor recreation that can’t be found elsewhere.
“Ogden has assets that nobody else can duplicate,” he said. “The accessibility to our mountains and rivers and all the activities that come with them are something that is extremely rare.”
The magazine also says a burgeoning community of higher education, with Weber State University, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Davis Applied Technology College and Stevens-Henager College, contributes to Ogden’s ranking.
According to the magazine, the area has a 6.2 percent unemployment rate, a cost of living that is 7.5 percent below the national average and a projected annual job growth of 1.9 percent.
Provo topped Forbes’ 14th annual list as the No. 1 place in America for business.
To view the list in its entirety, visit www.forbes.com/best-places-for-business.