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