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The happiest and unhappiest cities in which to work

Looking for a happy city in which to work? Here is a breakdown of the happiest and unhappiest.

In yet another listed breakdown of work trends, a company called CareerBliss has compiled lists of the happiest and unhappiest cities in which to work. Here are the happiest:

  • San Jose, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Washington, DC
  • Memphis, TN
  • El Paso, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Birmingham, AL

CareerBliss says the list is based on growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security and whether the employee would recommend the company to others. (As another qualifier in the press release I received, Matt Miller, the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CareerBliss says "A field that often yields happy employees is information technology.")

From the looks of the list, I'd say the most common characteristic is sunshine. Aside from DC, most of these places stay warm most of the year. I'm not trying to be shallow here, but it has to play into the equation, right?

The list of unhappiest cities in which to work includes:

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Omaha, NE
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Tampa, FL

The inclusion of Tampa and Tucson kind of blows holes in my sunshine theory, but I'm sticking to it.

About

Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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