The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

South Jordan (34/50)(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 (12/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well South Jordan 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 Licensing510%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 $17.Link
Free Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.5-92
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation3410%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in all public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.9-08-080, 12-16-065
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering3110%The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds without lawful business.9-08-060(c)
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in South Jordan 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 $1,000.1-28-030(b), 1-28-080
Gun Regulation115%South Jordan does not have an ordinance that specifically regulates the discharge of firearms in city limits.12-16-050

Private Property (37/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2710%The cost of a conditional use permit is $288.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees3110%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $9,021. This includes $2,217 in permit fees, $6,549 in impact fees, $255 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions3915%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $35 permit. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, no chickens, and no beehives.6-08-060, 17-32-130, 17-130-040-040
Short-term Rentals1115%This city allows short-term rentals of one's residential property, but imposes various conditions that must be met in order to operate them.5.64.010(E)
Taxes & Cost of Government4330%The cost of government in South Jordan as a share of the total taxable economic base is $100 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $456 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $905. The city gets 40% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 18% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 42% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt2715%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 8.77%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying435%During the past two years, South Jordan has spent an average of $59,000 each year to hire lobbyists to represent the city.Per Records Request

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

Free Enterprise (36/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises2215%This city owns 3 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a golf course; a water park; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1am to 7am.5-12-040(E)(5)(b)
Alcohol Licensing4310%The city requires $309 for a retail beer license, $618 for a restaurant license, and $618 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax4020%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.85% 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 5.5%, a transient room tax at 5.75%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing2735%This city charges the following licensing fees: $47 for a home occupation license; $91 for a small commercial license; $811 for a large commercial license; $123 for a temporary firework stand; $123 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $536 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations1110%In South Jordan, pawn brokers must remain closed between 7pm and 7am. Home occupations may only have visitors between 7am and 7pm.5-48-130(G)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 34/50

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Year incorporated: 1935
Population (2010): 50,418
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Salt Lake
Class: 3
Cluster: E

MHI: $89,709.00

Best Score

Daytime Curfew

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