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