The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Free Speech

Category: Individual Liberty

While the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech, courts have upheld the government's claimed regulatory power to impose limits on the time, place, or manner of speech. Some cities in Utah attempt to do this by requiring a permit to stage a protest on public property. Some cities also require a fee for this permit. This metric measures the impositions placed on free speech in each city through this permit process.

In each city we assumed a protest would be held on public property that would not be large enough to block traffic or otherwise trigger any particular fees for the use of city services or facilities. We scored each city on two measures: first, whether a permit would be required by the city for such a protest; second, whether the city charges a fee for the permit. Each of these measures were simple binary scores that were normalized using statistical z-scores prior to combining them. Each measure counted for half of the metric score and the free speech metric counted for 15% of the Individual Liberty category.

To see a specific city's laws for this metric, click on its name in the right column, then find the row in the table below the Individual Liberty category.

City Scores

To learn about our scoring methodology, click here.

Rank City Score
1American Fork0.604
1Bountiful0.604
1Cedar City0.604
1Cedar Hills0.604
1Centerville0.604
1Clinton0.604
1Draper0.604
1Farmington0.604
1Heber City0.604
1Highland0.604
1Midvale0.604
1Murray0.604
1North Salt Lake0.604
1Ogden0.604
1Orem0.604
1Riverton0.604
1Roy0.604
1Sandy0.604
1Saratoga Springs0.604
1South Ogden0.604
1Springville0.604
1St. George0.604
1Syracuse0.604
1Taylorsville0.604
1Tooele0.604
1Washington0.604
1West Haven0.604
1West Valley City0.604
1Woods Cross0.604
30Brigham City-0.399
30Cottonwood Heights-0.399
30Eagle Mountain-0.399
30Holladay-0.399
30Hurricane-0.399
30Layton-0.399
30Lindon-0.399
30Logan-0.399
30North Ogden-0.399
30Payson-0.399
30Pleasant Grove-0.399
30South Jordan-0.399
30South Salt Lake-0.399
30Spanish Fork-0.399
30West Jordan-0.399
45Clearfield-1.922
45Herriman-1.922
45Kaysville-1.922
45Lehi-1.922
45Provo-1.922
45Salt Lake City-1.922