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 City11,362555Sales TaxBusiness Licensing
2Farmington18,2752717Daytime CurfewCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Campaign Contribution LimitsCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124Free SpeechDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812LoiteringHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256Free SpeechLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Campaign Contribution LimitsCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
10Clinton20,42630322LobbyingBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Free SpeechHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015LobbyingBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073Daytime CurfewFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118Free SpeechDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621LoiteringConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Code AccessiblityLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627LobbyingBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820LoiteringBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Violation of OrdinancesDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Vice RegulationAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441LobbyingLoitering
24Roy36,884222134Free SpeechDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Code AccessiblityCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Code AccessiblityHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Daytime CurfewLobbying
28Payson18,294333318Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Free SpeechLoitering
31Springville29,466252437LobbyingBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Code AccessiblityAlcohol Licensing
35St. George72,897134328LoiteringAlcohol Licensing
36Spanish Fork34,691433024LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Daytime CurfewBeer Sale Restrictions
38Herriman21,785353930Campaign Contribution LimitsLobbying
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431Daytime CurfewBusiness Licensing
40Holladay26,472441842Campaign Contribution LimitsConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Daytime CurfewDog Licensing
42Orem88,328362746Daytime CurfewAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Daytime CurfewSales Tax
44Clearfield25,974484716Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Campaign Contribution LimitsGun Regulation
46American Fork26,263105039Free SpeechBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645Code AccessiblitySales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Daytime CurfewLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Code AccessiblityTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Code AccessiblityBusiness Licensing