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 City11,362555Daytime CurfewBusiness Licensing
2Farmington18,2752717Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Business LicensingCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469LobbyingCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124Campaign Contribution LimitsDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812Alcohol LicensingHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256Daytime CurfewLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017Daytime CurfewHome Building Fees
10Clinton20,42630322Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Free SpeechHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015Beer Sale RestrictionsBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073Campaign Contribution LimitsFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118Commerce RegulationsDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621LoiteringConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Daytime CurfewAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544LoiteringLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Campaign Contribution LimitsDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Campaign Contribution LimitsLoitering
24Roy36,884222134Code AccessiblityDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Code AccessiblityCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Daytime CurfewHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Daytime CurfewLobbying
28Payson18,294333318Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Free SpeechBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Code AccessiblityCampaign Contribution Limits
31Springville29,466252437LobbyingBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Gun RegulationTaxes & Cost of Government
35St. George72,897134328Campaign Contribution LimitsGun Regulation
36Spanish Fork34,691433024LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Free SpeechBeer Sale Restrictions
38Herriman21,785353930Daytime CurfewDog Licensing
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
40Holladay26,472441842Daytime CurfewConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Code AccessiblityHome Building Fees
42Orem88,328362746Campaign Contribution LimitsAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Short-term RentalsSales Tax
44Clearfield25,974484716Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Code AccessiblityCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645Code AccessiblitySales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Campaign Contribution LimitsLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Code AccessiblityTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Daytime CurfewBusiness Licensing