The 2015 Ranking

Months of research and over 100 data points have culminated in this year's report.
How did your city shape up?

The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Index

An analysis of city ordinances and fees from Utah's top 50 most populous cities based on over 100 data points calculated in 22 metrics.

This comprehensive ranking contains significant detail; click on any of the information in the table below to drill down and learn about the ranking. You can also learn about our metrics and scoring methodology.

Note: For this index, 1 means most free, and 50 means least free.

Ranking City Population (2010) Individual Liberty Private Property Free Enterprise Best Worst
1Heber City11,362555Code AccessiblityBusiness Licensing
2Farmington18,2752717Short-term RentalsCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821LobbyingCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469LoiteringCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124Code AccessiblityDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812Alcohol LicensingHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256Vice RegulationLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017LobbyingCode Accessiblity
10Clinton20,42630322Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Code AccessiblityHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015Beer Sale RestrictionsBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073Daytime CurfewFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118Campaign Contribution LimitsDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621LoiteringConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Daytime CurfewAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Daytime CurfewLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Campaign Contribution LimitsBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820LoiteringBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Violation of OrdinancesDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Campaign Contribution LimitsLoitering
24Roy36,884222134LobbyingDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Campaign Contribution LimitsCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Code AccessiblityHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Code AccessiblityLobbying
28Payson18,294333318Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Daytime CurfewLoitering
31Springville29,466252437Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Code AccessiblityTaxes & Cost of Government
35St. George72,897134328LoiteringAlcohol Licensing
36Spanish Fork34,691433024Campaign Contribution LimitsCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343City-owned EnterprisesAlcohol Licensing
38Herriman21,785353930Daytime CurfewLobbying
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431Daytime CurfewHome Building Fees
40Holladay26,472441842Campaign Contribution LimitsConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529LobbyingHome Building Fees
42Orem88,328362746Daytime CurfewAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
44Clearfield25,974484716Vice RegulationAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Daytime CurfewCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Free SpeechBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645LoiteringSales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Campaign Contribution LimitsLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Free SpeechTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Code AccessiblityBusiness Licensing