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 City11,362555Campaign Contribution LimitsBusiness Licensing
2Farmington18,2752717LobbyingCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Short-term RentalsCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469Vice RegulationCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124Beer Sale RestrictionsDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812LobbyingHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256LoiteringLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017LobbyingCode Accessiblity
10Clinton20,42630322Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Short-term RentalsBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015LobbyingBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073LobbyingFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118Free SpeechDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621LoiteringConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326LobbyingAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Vice RegulationLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Campaign Contribution LimitsBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820LoiteringBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Violation of OrdinancesDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Daytime CurfewAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Bonded DebtLoitering
24Roy36,884222134LobbyingDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Home Building FeesCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Daytime CurfewHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Code AccessiblityFree Speech
28Payson18,294333318Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Free SpeechLoitering
31Springville29,466252437Code AccessiblityBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Code AccessiblityLobbying
35St. George72,897134328Free SpeechGun Regulation
36Spanish Fork34,691433024Daytime CurfewCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Free SpeechAlcohol Licensing
38Herriman21,785353930Daytime CurfewLobbying
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431LobbyingBusiness Licensing
40Holladay26,472441842Daytime CurfewConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Free SpeechDog Licensing
42Orem88,328362746Campaign Contribution LimitsAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Short-term RentalsTaxes & Cost of Government
44Clearfield25,974484716Vice RegulationAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Daytime CurfewGun Regulation
46American Fork26,263105039Free SpeechBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645LoiteringSales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Free SpeechLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Code AccessiblityTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Beer Sale RestrictionsBusiness Licensing