Happiest Cities for Young Professionals -- CareerBliss

Posted April 26, 2013

Our friends over at Forbes recently asked us to figure out which cities have the happiest young professionals. So we immediately dove into the deep end of our employee happiness data pool to come up with a list.

For our purposes here, a young professional is someone with less than 10 years' experience in a full-time job. The list is based on surveys completed by employees over the last 12 months. BlissScores are on a scale of 1 to 5. (Check out the full methodology below).

1. San Jose, Calif.
San Jose, CaliforniaBlissScore: 3.94

Population aged 25 to 44: 294,399

Total Population: 945,942

Nickname: The Capital of Silicon Valley

2. San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco, CaliforniaBlissScore: 3.93

Population aged 25 to 44: 208,403

Total Population: 805,235

Nickname: The City

3. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.BlissScore: 3.85

Population aged 25 to 44: 124,745

Total Population: 601, 723

Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All)

4. Chicago, Ill.
Chicago, IllinoisBlissScore: 3.85

Population aged 25 to 44: 887,129

Total Population: 2,695,598

Nickname: The Windy City

5. San Diego, Calif.
San Diego, CaliforniaBlissScore: 3.85

Population aged 25 to 44: 412,615

Total Population: 1,307,402

Nickname: America's Finest City

6. Riverside, Calif.
Riverside, CaliforniaBlissScore: 3.84

Population aged 25 to 44: 66,615

Total Population: 303,871

Nickname: City of Arts & Innovation

7. Philadelphia, Pa.
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBlissScore: 3.84

Population aged 25 to 44: 358,778

Total Population: 1,526,006

Nickname: The City of Brotherly Love

8. Houston, Texas
Houston, TexasBlissScore: 3.83

Population aged 25 to 44: 698.287

Total Population: 2,100,263

Motto: Energy Capital of the World

9. Phoenix, Ariz.
Phoenix, ArizonaBlissScore: 3.83

Population aged 25 to 44: 489,181

Total Population: 1,445,632

Motto: Arizona's Urban Heart

10. Boston, Mass.
Boston, MassachusettsBlissScore: 3.83

Population aged 25 to 44: 211,055

Total Population: 617,594

Motto: The Cradle of Liberty


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 45 thousand independent company reviews from April 2012- March 2013. A minimum of 40 reviews per job title was required for this data. A young professional is defined as someone with less than ten years experience.


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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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