CareerBliss Happiest Cities For Job-Seeking College Grads

Posted May 22, 2013

Are you a new graduate who is ready to score that first job? Go west, young man or woman. Unless, of course, you already live west of Utah -- if that's the case, then head east. St. George, Utah -- known as Utah's Dixie -- is the happiest city for job-seeking grads, according to data we recently compiled for our friends over at Forbes.

The list is based on the results of employee happiness surveys and cost of living adjusted average salaries for each city (see a more complete methodology below).

CareerBliss CEO Heidi Golledge told Forbes: “Our data reveals that bigger cities are not always better for college grads. When it comes to salary and the cost of living for young professionals — some smaller metros outranked larger areas."

CareerBliss Happiest Cities For Job-Seeking College Grads

1. St. George, Utah

St. George, UtahBlissScore: 3.89

Average Salary: $61K

2. Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte, N.C.BlissScore: 3.90

Average Salary: $57K

3. Houston, Texas

BlissScore: 3.63

Average Salary: $63K

4. Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pittsburgh, Pa.BlissScore: 3.85

Average Salary: $53K

5. Detroit, Mich.

Detroit, Mich.BlissScore: 3.71

Average Salary: $65K

6. San Diego, Calif.

San Diego, Calif.BlissScore: 3.73

Average Salary: $75K

7. San Jose, Calif.

San Jose, Calif.BlissScore: 3.80

Average Salary: $82K

8. Seattle, Wash.

Seattle, Wash.BlissScore: 3.64

Average Salary: $71K

9. San Francisco, Calif.

San Francisco, Calif.BlissScore: 3.86

Average Salary: $68K

10. Boston, Mass.

Boston, MassachusettsBlissScore: 3.78

Average Salary: $64K


CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/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 accounts for how an employee values each factor.  Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and five. The following data was compiled from more than seven thousand independent company reviews from May 2012 to April 2013. A minimum of 50 reviews per job title was required for this data.  A young professional is defined as someone with less than ten years experience. The ranking for this particular data set also calculated the cost of living provided by American Council For Community and Economic Research.

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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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