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
2Farmington18,2752717LoiteringCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Business LicensingCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469Gun RegulationCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124LobbyingDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256Vice RegulationLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Campaign Contribution LimitsCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017LoiteringHome Building Fees
10Clinton20,42630322Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Free SpeechHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Short-term RentalsBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015Free SpeechBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073Campaign Contribution LimitsFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118LobbyingDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621Campaign Contribution LimitsConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Vice RegulationLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Violation of OrdinancesDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Daytime CurfewAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Campaign Contribution LimitsLoitering
24Roy36,884222134LobbyingDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Campaign Contribution LimitsFree Speech
28Payson18,294333318Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Free SpeechCampaign Contribution Limits
31Springville29,466252437Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Code AccessiblityAlcohol Licensing
35St. George72,897134328Daytime CurfewAlcohol Licensing
36Spanish Fork34,691433024LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343City-owned EnterprisesBeer Sale Restrictions
38Herriman21,785353930Daytime CurfewDog Licensing
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
40Holladay26,472441842Daytime CurfewConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
42Orem88,328362746Daytime CurfewAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
44Clearfield25,974484716Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Code AccessiblityCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Conditional Use Permit FeesBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645LoiteringSales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Daytime CurfewLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Code AccessiblityTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Daytime CurfewBusiness Licensing