Sources: Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are defined by delineations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB.) To determine statewide attributes of an MSA that is in more than one state, the state listed in the OMB delineation files is used. Most and least religious metro areas are based on the top and bottom quartile rankings of the , conducted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Population, median home prices and median rent data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017 5-year estimates. Cost of living is determined by the Commerce Department's regional price parities (RPP) of MSAs. A below-average cost of living is an MSA with an RPP of less than 100. If an MSA listed by OMB is not listed by the Commerce Department, state-level price parity data is used. Unemployment figures are the median for 2018 by MSA from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Low overall tax burden" is defined as a state with one of the 10 earliest “tax freedom” dates according to the Tax Foundation. Temperatures are the average maximum from NOAA's 2018 Global Summary of the Month. For the contiguous United States, temperatures displayed for MSAs are the median temperature of counties within an MSA. For Alaska and Hawaii, temperatures are monthly averages for 2018 of the primary city of the MSA. Due to rounding, display temperatures 0.5 degrees less than a lower range will round up to the next whole number. Top cancer hospital data is from the National Cancer Institute. VA medical center data is from Veterans Affairs. Medicare-rated five-star hospital and nursing home data is from Medicare.gov. Medical and recreational marijuana laws are based on statewide legislation data from Norml. An MSA contains a national park, national forest or national wildlife refuge if the MSA's boundaries intersect with boundaries from the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System, respectively. Top-quality theaters are members of the . Brewery data is from the Brewers Association. Unless previously noted, an MSA has an establishment (casino, airport, etc) if the U.S. Census's County Business Patterns (CBP) identifies at least one establishment exists within an MSA, according to 2016 data.