Where's the best place for me to retire?

Editor: Silvia Ascarelli
Development: Katie Marriner

Sources: Metropolitan areas are defined by delineations from the Office of Management and Budget. Population data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. Cost of living is determined by the Commerce Department's regional price parities (RPP) of metropolitan areas. A below-average cost of living is an area with a lower cost of living than the U.S. average. If a metropolitan area is not listed by the Commerce Department, state-level price parity data is used. Temperatures are the average maximum from NOAA's 2018 Global Summary of the Month. For the contiguous United States, temperatures displayed for metropolitan areas are the median temperature of counties within a metropolitan area. For Alaska and Hawaii, temperatures are monthly averages for 2018 of the primary city of the metropolitan area. Due to rounding, display temperatures 0.5 degrees less than a lower range will round up to the next whole number. A metropolitan area has an establishment (casino, race track, college, etc) if the U.S. Census's County Business Patterns identifies at least one establishment exists within at least one of the counties that make up a metropolitan statistical area. Establishment numbers are from 2016. Unemployment figures are the median for 2018 by metropolitan area from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical and recreational marijuana laws are based on statewide legislation data from Norml. "Low overall tax burden" is defined as a state with one of the 10 earliest “tax freedom” dates according to the Tax Foundation. To determine statewide attributes of a metropolitan area that is in more than one state, the state listed in Census's delineation files is used.