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Weber County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Weber County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the U.S. highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1852
Seat Ogden
Largest city Ogden
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

659 sq mi (1,705 km²)
576 sq mi (1,491 km²)
84 sq mi (217 km²), 12.73%
 - (2000)
 - Density

298/sq mi (115/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Footnotes: Named for the Weber River

Weber County (play /ˈwbər/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah, occupying a stretch of the Wasatch Front, part of the eastern shores of Great Salt Lake, and much of the rugged Wasatch Mountains. As of the 2000 census, the population was 196,533, an increase of 24.1% over its population in 1990. By 2008 its population was estimated at 227,487. Its county seat and largest city is Ogden.

Weber State University, founded in 1889, is located in Ogden.

The county was formed[1] on March 3, 1852 and named after the Weber River, which in turn was named for John Henry Weber (1779–1859), a fur trapper and trader in the area in the mid-1820s. Historically Weber County stretched from the California, Oregon, Utah Territory border in the north west, to the current boundary in the south east.[2] As Nevada and the State of Utah evolved, Weber County shrunk to its current size.

Weber County is part of the OgdenClearfield Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Clearfield Combined Statistical Area.


The county extends from high in the Wasatch Range in the east into a portion of the Great Salt Lake to the west. The Weber and Ogden rivers and their tributaries run through its valleys. The Weber County Surveyor's office divides the county into two regions, the "Lower Valley" and the "Upper Valley", divided by the ridge of the Wasatch front range running north-south through the county. The "Lower Valley" is the more populous part of the county and is adjacent to the Great Salt Lake. The "Upper Valley" is the eastern part of the county and consists mostly of the Ogden Valley, the watershed of the Ogden River.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 659 square miles (1708 km²), of which, 576 square miles (1491 km²) of it is land and 217 km² (84 sq mi or 12.73%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Cache National Forest (part)


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,186
1860 8,675 631.5%
1870 7,858 −9.4%
1880 12,344 57.1%
1890 22,723 84.1%
1900 25,239 11.1%
1910 35,179 39.4%
1920 43,663 24.1%
1930 52,172 19.5%
1940 56,714 8.7%
1950 83,319 46.9%
1960 110,744 32.9%
1970 126,278 14.0%
1980 144,616 14.5%
1990 158,330 9.5%
2000 196,533 24.1%
2010 231,236 17.7%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there are 196,533 people in the county, organized into 65,698 households and 49,536 families. The population density is 342 people per square mile (132/km²). There are 70,454 housing units at an average density of 122 per square mile (47/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 87.69% White, 1.40% Black or African American, 1.28% Asian, 0.77% Native American, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 6.59% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. 12.65% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

By 2005 80.4% of the population was non-Hispanic whites. 1.5% was African-Americans while 0.9% was Native American. Asians were 1.4% of the population. Latinos were 15.2% of the county population.

There are 65,698 households out of which 40.30% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% are married couples living together, 10.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% are non-families. 20.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.95 and the average family size is 3.42.

In the county, the population is spread out with 31% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 29 years. For every 100 females there are 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $44,014, and the median income for a family is $49,724. Males have a median income of $36,239 versus $24,719 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,246. 9.30% of the population and 6.90% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 11.10% of those under the age of 18 and 5.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns[]

  • Farr West
  • Harrisville
  • Hooper
  • Huntsville
  • Marriott-Slaterville
  • North Ogden
  • Ogden
  • Plain City
  • Pleasant View
  • Riverdale
  • Roy
  • South Ogden
  • Uintah
  • Washington Terrace
  • West Haven

Unincorporated communities[]

These communities are enumerated by the Census Bureau as part of the Ogden Valley CCD, a census county division:

  • Eden
  • Liberty
  • Nordic Valley
  • Reese
  • Taylor
  • Warren
  • West Weber


  • Weber State University
  • Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
  • Ogden City School District
  • Weber School District

Notable residents[]

  • Jefferson Hunt
  • David O. McKay
  • Academy Award winning film director Hal Ashby
  • Rodney Bagley, inventor of the catalytic converter
  • Sculptor Solon Borglum
  • Historian Fawn M. Brodie
  • Inventor John Moses Browning (firearms designer)
  • Basketball player Tom Chambers
  • Historian Bernard DeVoto
  • Actor Byron Foulger
  • WWII photographer J. Malan Heslop
  • Businessman J. Willard Marriott
  • Utah's 8th Governor Herbert B. Maw
  • Basketball player Wataru Misaka
  • Jazz Musician Red Nichols
  • Entertainers "The Osmonds": George, Jr. (Virl), Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie
  • Former United States National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft
  • Game designer Ken St. Andre
  • Utah's 15th Governor Olene S. Walker
  • Actor Gedde Watanabe
  • Basketball player and coach Byron Scott

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Weber County, Utah


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Fisher, Richard Swainson (1855). A new and complete statistical gazetteer of the United States of America. New York: J.H. Colton and Company. p. 870. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Utah population by county, 1900-90. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  4. ^ - Weber County. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 41°18′N 111°55′W / 41.30, -111.92

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