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
2Farmington18,2752717Campaign Contribution LimitsCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Business LicensingCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124LobbyingDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812Alcohol LicensingHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256Daytime CurfewLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Daytime CurfewCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017LobbyingHome Building Fees
10Clinton20,42630322Campaign Contribution LimitsBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Taxes & Cost of GovernmentHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073LobbyingFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118Short-term RentalsDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621Campaign Contribution LimitsConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Code AccessiblityLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820LobbyingBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Violation of OrdinancesDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Daytime CurfewAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Campaign Contribution LimitsLoitering
24Roy36,884222134Vice RegulationDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Campaign Contribution LimitsCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Code AccessiblityHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Campaign Contribution LimitsLobbying
28Payson18,294333318LobbyingBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Daytime CurfewCampaign Contribution Limits
31Springville29,466252437Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113LobbyingBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Gun RegulationTaxes & Cost of Government
35St. George72,897134328LoiteringAlcohol Licensing
36Spanish Fork34,691433024LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Gun RegulationBeer Sale Restrictions
38Herriman21,785353930Campaign Contribution LimitsDog Licensing
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431Daytime CurfewBusiness Licensing
40Holladay26,472441842Campaign Contribution LimitsConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Campaign Contribution LimitsDog Licensing
42Orem88,328362746Free SpeechAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Daytime CurfewSales Tax
44Clearfield25,974484716Vice RegulationAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038Daytime CurfewCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645Daytime CurfewSales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Free SpeechLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Code AccessiblityTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Daytime CurfewBusiness Licensing