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10 Happiest (and Unhappiest) Cities for Workers

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Employees looking for a little more cheer in their lives should consider moving to the U.S. West Coast, new research shows.

California is home to three of the 10 happiest cities to work in, including San Jose, which tops the list. San Francisco and San Diego were also among the 10 cheeriest cities for employees, the study by online career community CareerBliss revealed.

The rankings were based on several key factors that affect work happiness, including an employee's relationship with his or 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, as well as how important that factor is to the employee's overall happiness. [The Happiest Tech Companies]

In San Jose, the people and the company reputation had a large impact on overall happiness. As the capital of Silicon Valley, CareerBliss researchers said the northern California city has a large concentration of technology jobs that are often high paying and provide innovative work environments.

Other cities outside of California ranking in the top 10 included:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Houston, Texas
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Charlotte, N.C.

Factors that ranked high across all of the happiest cities were the opportunities for growth and the relationship employees had with their co-workers.

In contrast, CareerBliss found that the rewards employees' received and the support they got were lowest in cities that were the unhappiest. In addition, a common factor that affected unhappy cities was a lower ranking in overall work environment.

The 10 unhappiest cities were:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Arlington, Va.

“Having a clear picture of what drives happiness at work not only impacts companies, but entire communities and can help create happier environments all around," said CareerBliss co-founder Heidi Golledge.

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.