These Mid-Size Cities have the Happiest Workers

Posted October 07, 2013

If you’re not the big city type but also don’t want to while away your days in a country hamlet, a mid-size city may be just right. Before you pick a place that’s not too big and not too small, though, be sure to check out the CareerBliss Happiest Mid-Size Cities in America 2013.

We took a look at thousands of company reviews submitted by people who work in cities with populations greater than 100,000 and less than 1 million. The reviews evaluate how employees feel about several factors that affect workplace happiness, such as compensation, company culture and senior management.

“There are opportunities to find happy careers everywhere, “says Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss. “Analyzing workplace happiness in all cities is important for those who may not want the hustle and bustle of a large city, but still want to find a rewarding workplace culture.”

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CareerBliss Happiest Mid-Size Cities 2013

RankCityPopulationBlissScore
1Sacramento, Calif. 466,488 4.22 out of 5
2Albuquerque, N.M. 545,852 4.18
3Plano, Texas 259,841 4.11
4Richmond, Va. 204,214 4.11
5Costa Mesa, Calif 109,960 4.09
6Atlanta, Ga. 420,003 4.09
7San Jose, Calif. 945,942 4.06
8Irvine, Calif. 212,375 4.06
9Tempe, Ariz. 161,719 4.04
10Fremont, Calif. 214,089 4.03
Methodology: The CareerBliss data evaluate key factors that affect work happiness including one’s relationship with his or her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over work performed on a daily basis. The data account for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee’s overall happiness. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and five. A minimum of 30 reviews per city was required for this data. A mid-size city is defined as an area with a population of greater than 100,000, but less than 1 million.
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The CareerBliss Team

CareerBliss cares about your career happiness. That's why we offer a variety of great tools and resources to help you make better-informed career decisions. We believe that if you're happier at work, you'll be happier in life! Check out company reviews, salary information, career advice and, of course, millions of jobs on CareerBliss and choose happy today!

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