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
2Farmington18,2752717Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469Vice RegulationCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124LobbyingDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812Daytime CurfewHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256Vice RegulationLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Daytime CurfewCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
10Clinton20,42630322Campaign Contribution LimitsBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Free SpeechHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Short-term RentalsBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015LobbyingBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073Campaign Contribution LimitsFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118LobbyingDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621Campaign Contribution LimitsConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Short-term RentalsLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Campaign Contribution LimitsBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820LoiteringBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Campaign Contribution LimitsDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Dog LicensingAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Campaign Contribution LimitsLoitering
24Roy36,884222134Code AccessiblityDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Beer Sale RestrictionsCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623LoiteringHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210LoiteringFree Speech
28Payson18,294333318Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Free SpeechBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Free SpeechLoitering
31Springville29,466252437Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113LobbyingBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Gun RegulationLobbying
35St. George72,897134328LobbyingGun Regulation
36Spanish Fork34,691433024Daytime CurfewCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Daytime CurfewBeer Sale Restrictions
38Herriman21,785353930Daytime CurfewDog Licensing
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431LobbyingBusiness Licensing
40Holladay26,472441842Code AccessiblityConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Free SpeechDog Licensing
42Orem88,328362746Free SpeechAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Campaign Contribution LimitsSales Tax
44Clearfield25,974484716Vice RegulationAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Code AccessiblityCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645Daytime CurfewSales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Free SpeechLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Free SpeechTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Beer Sale RestrictionsBusiness Licensing