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 City11,362555Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
2Farmington18,2752717Short-term RentalsCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Business LicensingCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124Free SpeechDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256LoiteringLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Daytime CurfewCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017Free SpeechHome Building Fees
10Clinton20,42630322Free SpeechBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073LobbyingFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118LobbyingDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621LoiteringConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544LoiteringLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627LobbyingBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Violation of OrdinancesDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Campaign Contribution LimitsLoitering
24Roy36,884222134Code AccessiblityDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Code AccessiblityCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Daytime CurfewHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Beer Sale RestrictionsLobbying
28Payson18,294333318LobbyingBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Code AccessiblityLoitering
31Springville29,466252437Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Campaign Contribution LimitsTaxes & Cost of Government
35St. George72,897134328Code AccessiblityGun Regulation
36Spanish Fork34,691433024LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Campaign Contribution LimitsBeer Sale Restrictions
38Herriman21,785353930LoiteringLobbying
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 RentalsTaxes & Cost of Government
44Clearfield25,974484716LobbyingAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Daytime CurfewCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Free SpeechBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645Code AccessiblitySales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Daytime CurfewLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Free SpeechTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Code AccessiblityBusiness Licensing