city illustrationCareerBliss has released its list of the “Top 10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals,” with four of the 10 hailing from California. According to the company, a young professional is someone with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time job. The list derived from surveys completed by employees over the last 12 months.

The survey evaluated key factors that affect work happiness, including: work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/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. Respondents scored each factor based on a 1 to 5 scale.

The Top 10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals are:

1. San Jose, Calif.

  • BlissScore: 3.94
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 294,399
  • Total Population: 945,942
  • Nickname: The Capital of Silicon Valley

2. San Francisco, Calif.

  • BlissScore: 3.93
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 208,403
  • Total Population: 805,235
  • Nickname: The City

3. Washington, D.C.

  • BlissScore: 3.85
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 124,745
  • Total Population: 601, 723
  • Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All)

4. Chicago, Ill.

  • BlissScore: 3.85
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 887,129
  • Total Population: 2,695,598
  • Nickname: The Windy City

5. San Diego, Calif.

  • BlissScore: 3.85
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 412,615
  • Total Population: 1,307,402
  • Nickname: America’s Finest City

6. Riverside, Calif.

  • BlissScore: 3.84
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 66,615
  • Total Population: 303,871
  • Nickname: City of Arts Innovation

7. Philadelphia, Pa.

  • BlissScore: 3.84
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 358,778
  • Total Population: 1,526,006
  • Nickname: The City of Brotherly Love

8. Houston, Texas

  • BlissScore: 3.83
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 698, 287
  • Total Population: 2,100,263
  • Motto: Energy Capital of the World

9. Phoenix, Ariz.

  • BlissScore: 3.83
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 489,181
  • Total Population: 1,445,632
  • Motto: Arizona’s Urban Heart

10. Boston, Mass.

  • BlissScore: 3.83
  • Population aged 25 to 44: 211,055
  • Total Population: 617,594
  • Motto: The Cradle of Liberty


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