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
2Farmington18,2752717Vice RegulationCode Accessiblity
3Woods Cross9,7613821LobbyingCode Accessiblity
4West Haven10,2722469LoiteringCode Accessiblity
5Syracuse24,33114124Beer Sale RestrictionsDaytime Curfew
6North Ogden17,3579812LobbyingHome Building Fees
7Tooele31,6053256LoiteringLobbying
8Centerville15,33521911Campaign Contribution LimitsCode Accessiblity
9Bountiful42,55261017Campaign Contribution LimitsCode Accessiblity
10Clinton20,42630322Short-term RentalsBusiness Licensing
11Riverton38,75371714Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
12Eagle Mountain21,41532222Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
13Cedar Hills9,796112015Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
14Kaysville27,3005073LobbyingFree Speech
15Cedar City28,85745118Short-term RentalsDog Licensing
16West Jordan103,71242621Daytime CurfewConditional Use Permit Fees
17North Salt Lake16,322191326Campaign Contribution LimitsAnimal Restrictions
18Draper42,27411544Vice RegulationLobbying
19Lindon10,070311627Campaign Contribution LimitsBeer Sale Restrictions
20Brigham City17,89983820LobbyingBonded Debt
21Layton67,311401919Campaign Contribution LimitsDaytime Curfew
22Murray46,74623535Free SpeechAnimal Restrictions
23Cottonwood Heights33,43341441Bonded DebtLoitering
24Roy36,884222134Vice RegulationDog Licensing
25Logan48,174262825Code AccessiblityCity-owned Enterprises
26Hurricane13,748173623LobbyingHome Building Fees
27Lehi47,407394210Beer Sale RestrictionsLobbying
28Payson18,294333318LobbyingBonded Debt
29Midvale27,964153133Code AccessiblityBonded Debt
30Taylorsville58,652231440Code AccessiblityLoitering
31Springville29,466252437Short-term RentalsBeer Sale Restrictions
32South Ogden16,532292932Code AccessiblityAnimal Restrictions
33Pleasant Grove33,509374113Daytime CurfewBonded Debt
34South Jordan50,418123736Daytime CurfewTaxes & Cost of Government
35St. George72,897134328Free SpeechAlcohol Licensing
36Spanish Fork34,691433024LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
37Highland15,523162343Daytime CurfewAlcohol Licensing
38Herriman21,785353930Code AccessiblityDog Licensing
39Saratoga Springs17,781204431LobbyingHome Building Fees
40Holladay26,472441842Code AccessiblityConditional Use Permit Fees
41Washington18,761284529Campaign Contribution LimitsHome Building Fees
42Orem88,328362746Daytime CurfewAlcohol Licensing
43West Valley City129,480183250Campaign Contribution LimitsBusiness Licensing
44Clearfield25,974484716Vice RegulationAnimal Restrictions
45Provo112,488464038LobbyingCity-owned Enterprises
46American Fork26,263105039Campaign Contribution LimitsBonded Debt
47South Salt Lake23,617344645Beer Sale RestrictionsSales Tax
48Sandy87,461473448Free SpeechLobbying
49Ogden82,825424847Free SpeechTaxes & Cost of Government
50Salt Lake City186,440494949Beer Sale RestrictionsBusiness Licensing