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