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 City11,362555Daytime CurfewBusiness Licensing
2Farmington18,2752717Daytime CurfewCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821Short-term RentalsCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124Code AccessiblityDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812LoiteringHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256Daytime CurfewLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Free SpeechCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017Daytime CurfewCode Accessiblity
10Clinton20,42630322Short-term RentalsBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Short-term RentalsBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015Free SpeechBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073Campaign Contribution LimitsFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118Daytime CurfewDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621Code AccessiblityConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Short-term RentalsLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Daytime CurfewBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820LoiteringBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Violation of OrdinancesDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Bonded DebtLoitering
24Roy36,884222134Vice RegulationDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Beer Sale RestrictionsCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Campaign Contribution LimitsLobbying
28Payson18,294333318Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Code AccessiblityLoitering
31Springville29,466252437Daytime CurfewBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Campaign Contribution LimitsTaxes & Cost of Government
35St. George72,897134328LobbyingGun Regulation
36Spanish Fork34,691433024LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Free SpeechBeer Sale Restrictions
38Herriman21,785353930Code AccessiblityLobbying
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431LobbyingBusiness Licensing
40Holladay26,472441842Daytime CurfewConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Campaign Contribution LimitsDog Licensing
42Orem88,328362746Daytime CurfewAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Daytime CurfewSales Tax
44Clearfield25,974484716LobbyingAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645Code AccessiblitySales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Campaign Contribution LimitsLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Code AccessiblityTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Code AccessiblityBusiness Licensing