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