The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Loitering

Category: Individual Liberty

Some cities impose loitering laws that can criminalize otherwise lawful behavior giving authorities the power to stop, detain, cite or arrest individuals for their mere presence at a particular location. The severity of loitering laws and the way in which they infringe on individual liberty ranges from city to city depending on the particular policy and the degree to which it is enforced. For this metric we used the following five-point scale that categorizes the range of severity for loitering laws, with one being the least deferential to individual liberty and five being the most deferential to individual liberty:

  1. Prohibits loitering in general or on public property (public parks are a common example)
  2. Prohibits loitering on certain controlled properties (public school grounds are a common example)
  3. Loitering is tailored to time-based restrictions similar to a curfew
  4. Loitering laws are tailored to alcohol establishments or related to other criminal or nuisance activity only
  5. No specific loitering restrictions in code or the restrictions are related to trespass on private property only

The city score was then normalized using a statistical z-score which counted for 10% of the overall score in 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
1Bountiful1.116
1Brigham City1.116
1Cedar Hills1.116
1Centerville1.116
1Draper1.116
1Farmington1.116
1Herriman1.116
1Hurricane1.116
1Lehi1.116
1Lindon1.116
1North Ogden1.116
1Riverton1.116
1South Salt Lake1.116
1St. George1.116
1Tooele1.116
1West Haven1.116
1West Jordan1.116
18American Fork0.410
18Eagle Mountain0.410
18Logan0.410
18Midvale0.410
18North Salt Lake0.410
18Ogden0.410
18Roy0.410
18South Ogden0.410
18Syracuse0.410
18West Valley City0.410
28Clinton-0.297
28Provo-0.297
28Washington-0.297
31Cedar City-1.003
31Clearfield-1.003
31Heber City-1.003
31Holladay-1.003
31Kaysville-1.003
31Layton-1.003
31Murray-1.003
31Orem-1.003
31Payson-1.003
31Pleasant Grove-1.003
31Salt Lake City-1.003
31Sandy-1.003
31Saratoga Springs-1.003
31South Jordan-1.003
31Spanish Fork-1.003
31Springville-1.003
31Woods Cross-1.003
48Cottonwood Heights-1.710
48Highland-1.710
48Taylorsville-1.710