Top 10 Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work in 2014

Posted February 10, 2014


This year, San Jose was rated the happiest city to work in, and Washington D.C. wasn’t far too behind.

These ratings come directly from hundreds of thousands of employee submitted reviews. Professionals rated how they felt about the place they work and how that impacted overall workplace happiness.

Companies based in San Jose, D.C., San Francisco, Vegas and—surprisingly—Salt Lake City keep their work family the happiest!

Cincinnati, on the other hand, had the lowest ratings of all the cities, followed by Orlando and Indianapolis.

Check out the full list below!

Happiest Cities for Work in 2014

RankCitiesBliss Rating*
1San Jose, CA3.931
2Washington D.C.3.927
3San Francisco, CA3.925
4Las Vegas, NV3.891
5Salt Lake City, UT3.840
6Houston, TX3.817
7Boston, MA3.800
8Philadelphia, PA3.783
9San Diego, CA3.783
10Charlotte, NC3.782

Unhappiest Cities for Work in 2014

RankCitiesBliss Rating*

1=Poor 5=Good

1Cincinnati, OH3.324
2Orlando, FL3.521
3Indianapolis, IN3.548
4Denver, CO3.561
5Pittsburgh, PA3.583
6Tampa, FL3.590
7Columbus, OH3.613
8Sacramento, CA3.626
9Miami, FL3.632
10Arlington, VA3.640


The CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors which affect work happiness, including: one's relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks, and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis. The data accounts 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.

* Bliss Rating: Overall job happiness score assigned by employees. Bliss Rating is derived from company reviews which evaluate each of the key factors that contribute to the overall happiness in the workplace.

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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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