The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Logan (25/50)(1 is most free, 50 is least free)

To learn what the below scores mean and how they were calculated, read our ranking methodology.

Individual Liberty (26/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Logan respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity110%This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.Sterling Codifiers database
Dog Licensing1310%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $10. to $25.Logan Animal Control
Free Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.Special Event Permit
Daytime Curfew4210%Logan is one of a handful cities in Utah that imposes a daytime curfew on minors.9-24-070
Vice Regulation110%This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.DABC, 9-12-170
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering1810%The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering in a cabaret for the purpose of getting a person of the opposite sex to buy you a drink.5-24-190
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Logan the default penalty for a violation of any city ordinance, if not specified, is a class B misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $1,000.1-16-010, County
Gun Regulation815%Under authority granted from state law, Logan has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.9-28-010

Private Property (28/50)

63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Logan respects and protects private property rights.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees4210%The cost of a conditional use permit is $350. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $150 for public notice.Permit application
Home Building Fees110%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $2,905. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $821 in impact fees, $250 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions215%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 4 dogs, allows 51 chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.6-08-65, 6-04-020
Short-term Rentals1715%This city prohibits property owners from renting their residential property on a short-term basis as is often done through services like Airbnb and VRBO.Per city staff
Taxes & Cost of Government4530%The cost of government in Logan as a share of the total taxable economic base is $124 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $598 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $662. The city gets 21% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 34% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 45% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt2615%The city is currently utilizing 1.01% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 7.61%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying15%This city does not employ lobbyists to represent the city.Per Records Request

This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.

Free Enterprise (25/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Logan's protection—or violation—of the free market.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises4615%This city owns 7 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; a golf course; a fitness center; a water park; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions110%This city does not impose any day or time restrictions on the retail sale of beer.5-10-890
Alcohol Licensing1810%The city requires $300 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax1220%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.6% on its citizens. Additionally, residents are required to pay a RAP tax at the rate of 0.1%. The city also has a municipal energy tax rate of 6.0%, a transient room tax at 4.0%, and a leasing tax at 0.0%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing2135%This city charges the following licensing fees: $75 for a home occupation license; $150 for a small commercial license; $250 for a large commercial license; $75 for a temporary firework stand; $76 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $75 for two solicitor licenses. The city also has a Good Landlord program that reduces the high per-unit rental fees if landlords comply with additional city regulations.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations3810%In Logan, auctions are prohibited between 10pm and 7am. Mobile food vendors may not operate between 10pm and 7am. Dance halls must close between 1am and 7am, and all day Sunday.5-08-050
5-20-050(D)
5-24-090
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City Data

Overall Ranking: 25/50

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Year incorporated: 1866
Population (2010): 48,174
FoG: Council-Mayor

County: Cache
Class: 3
Cluster: B

MHI: $36,131.00

Best Score

Vice Regulation

Worst Score

City-owned Enterprises