The New Generation Work Environment – Top 10 Cities With The Happiest Young Professionals


Here Are The Top 10 Cities With The Happiest Young Professionals:


#10 San Antonio, TX

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#9 San Francisco, Ca

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#8 Boston, Mass

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#7 Atlanta, Ga

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#6 Irvine, Ca

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#5 San Diego, Ca

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#4 Indianapolis, Ind

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#3 Sunnyvale, Ca

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#2 San Jose, Ca

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#1 Los Angeles, Ca

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Irvine, Pittsburgh and Plano may not be the first places that come to mind when you think about where you’d be happiest—but it turns out those three cities are where some of the nation’s most contented young professionals are, according to online career site

Its list of the 20 happiest cities for young professionals is based on analysis from more than 38,000 employee generated reviews between 2011 and 2012. Young professionals, defined by CareerBliss as employees with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time position, were asked to rate ten key factors that affect workplace happiness, including work-life balance, one’s relationship with the boss and co-workers, the work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job autonomy.

They valued each factor on a five-point scale, and also indicated how important it was to their overall happiness at work. The numbers were combined to find an average rating of overall employee happiness for each respondent, and then sorted by location to find which cities had the happiest young workers.

“The new generation of young professionals not only finds happiness at work important–they demand it,” says the company’s chief executive, Heidi Golledge. “If a company wants to find and retain the best talent, they need to work on building a culture of happiness within their organization.”

She says young employees tend to keep their résumé active on job boards just in case something more fulfilling comes along, and they are typically two to three times more likely than their parents to jump jobs for more career happiness. “In short, they take the right to pursuit happiness to heart and will typically not stay at a job with poor conditions for very long,” Golledge says. “They will even relocate to get out of an unhappy work environment.”

If you’re one of those young professionals looking to move to a happier place, you might consider Los Angeles.

Heading the list of the cities with the happiest young professionals, the City of Angels earned an overall score of 3.952. Workers there expressed the most optimism in ‘The Company You Work For’ and ‘The Work You Do’ categories, which scored 4.265 and 4.221, respectively.

The Southern California city, which is sometimes dubbed the Creative Capital of the World, is home to Hollywood, several major corporations and dozens of prestigious universities, including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Occidental College and the University of Southern California (USC).

“Los Angeles is unique in that it features jobs in multiple emerging growth and interesting career areas such as entertainment, technology, marketing, healthcare and sales,” Golledge says. “Part of the appeal of the Los Angeles job market is that has it has diversity in culture, careers and lifestyles, not to mention that there is an abundance of sun and fun things to do for young professionals after dark, as well.”

Things are sunny for young workers in other parts of California, too. San Jose and Sunnyvale round out the top three best cities with overall scores of 3.951 and 3.950, respectively. San Diego, Irvine and San Francisco also appear in the top 10. In total, six California cities make the list.

“California is home to some of the best universities and largest technology companies in the world,” says Matt Miller, chief technology officer at CareerBliss. “In the fast and competitive world of technology, we see more and more companies hiring young talent right out of school. Jobs for software engineers and designers are in high demand and have helped fuel this trend. In addition, tech companies are investing in young talent in an effort to have employees grow and develop with the company.”

What is it that makes young professionals so content in their careers? A fat paycheck? Nope.

In fact, generous pay has little or nothing to do with that keeps the young workforce in one place.

“Salary has the least impact on happiness for this group,” Golledge says. “As professionals begin their careers, they seek a company culture that embraces their individual work style. Our data consistently shows that the work environment, co-workers, and the way one works have the biggest affect on overall happiness.”

She adds that companies are beginning to embrace the idea of employee happiness and starting to realize how important it is for their business. “Knowing where to open up their next branch to attract young professionals and happy workers is key to their success For readers and folks who want to improve their careers, it is important to know where the opportunity to have a happier future lies,” Golledge says. “Understanding where their peers have found happiness and what types of factors impact their happiness is a valuable resource when deciding where to take their next career step.”


What did you think? Does this make you want to pick up and move to California!?  We’ve seen this trend over I’d say the last 5+ years & its an interesting part of the culture we grew up in.  More and more Generation X & Generation Yers (roughly born from the late 70’s to early to mid 80’s) have shown they have an overall desire to be in a position that has positive & meaningful impact.  They want their work to mean something.  As the article also states, we’re less likely to stay in a position where we feel the conditions are poor & will move to a more positive and engaging position elsewhere even if that means less pay.  I’d like to see what you think, leave a comment below if you agree with this or not.



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