Top 20 Cities with the Happiest Young Professionals

Posted September 19, 2011

Top 20 cities with the happiest young professionals

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Are you a recent graduate looking to make a fresh start in your career? Then you might want to consider moving to one of CareerBliss’ Top 20 Cities with the Happiest Young Professionals. CareerBliss evaluated thousands of employee generated reviews to determine the top 20 cities that rank the highest for workplace happiness among young professionals. According to CareerBliss data, these cities rated high among young workers for key factors that affect their overall happiness at work, including growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work-life balance and job security.

Top 20 Cities with the Happiest Young Professionals

RankCityBliss Score
2Fort Lauderdale3.665
9Long Beach3.586
14San Francisco3.559
18Atlanta and Pittsburgh (a tie)3.537
19Los Angeles3.532


The CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors which affect work happiness, including: work-life balance, 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. A young professional is defined as someone who has less than 10 working experience based on their resume, as of the end of August 2011. A company or city must have a minimum of 50 reviews in order to qualify within the data set. All data is compiled from 2010-2011. More than 100,000 reviews were taken into account for the data set.

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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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