To explore Ogden's stereotypes, we started by sending out a survey asking respondents about their attitudes toward the city. The survey isn't a scientific one — the point was to gather lots of opinions and identify broad themes for us to explore.


The word cloud above was formed using responses to the question, “What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Ogden?” (We edited some responses just a little bit if they didn’t choose a single word or to group common words like great outdoors/outdoors/outside activities/et cetera)


Want to take the survey? Go ahead. We'll keep collecting responses until we wrap up our reporting in a few months.


Though the only required response was zip code (so we could tell where each attitude was coming from), most people filled out all the questions, including those about age, race/ethnicity, religion and some open-ended questions about the best and worst things in Ogden. More than 600 people from 14 states took the survey, but most were from an Ogden zip code.


The vast majority of respondents identified as being white* — a surprise to exactly no one in Utah.



The largest religious affiliation* (220 respondents) was “no religion,” with “LDS” (187) coming in second. Only a few people identified as practicing a non-Christian faith such as Buddhism or Hinduism. No one who took the survey said they were of an Islamic faith.



There was a relatively even number of respondents from several age groups that ranged from 25 to 64.



Survey respondents were also asked to rank how safe Ogden is compared to four other Utah cities (chosen partially by population and partially by location — again, this isn't scientific, but it draws a local comparison). For more information on Ogden and Utah crime, see our fact vs. myth page.



*We listed the same options for race/ethnicity as the 2010 U.S. Census: white, black, Hispanic/Latino or Spanish, Asian, American Indian, Middle Eastern or North African, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander or some other race


*We listed the same options for religion as the 2010 U.S. Census: Protestant, Catholic, Christian, Mormon/LDS, Judaism, Islam, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, Inter/Non-denominational and no religion.