10 Happiest Cities For Young People To Live And Work

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Many young, entry-level workers assume that the big cities -- New York, Chicago, Los Angeles -- hold the best job opportunities and therefore the best chance for having a happy life.

But a new survey by CareerBliss.com suggests that recent college graduates might do better in considering second- or third-tier cities -- where costs of living are often cheaper and competition is less fierce.

The employment website analyzed data based on reviews from 14,000 college grads with less than two years experience, who were asked to assess 10 factors that affect happiness, such as work-life balance and growth opportunities, and assigned each factor up to five points.

To determine the best cities, CareerBliss also factored in the cost-of-living-adjusted salary, resulting in an overall "BlissScore." And the conclusion? The less-populated, slightly off-the-beaten-path cities often offered a better shot at happiness than the big ones.

Caveat: The number of job openings wasn't taken into account in compiling the list. But less competition, along with low unemployment rates in some of the cities, may give some recent grads the edge in finding the jobs of their dreams -- or at least, the job of their needs.

Check out CareerBliss' 10 Happiest Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads in the gallery below.


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June 28 2014 at 3:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JasonKnighte

I know that I am a little weird, but I would rather live in a smaller town with a good job. I love being next to the mountains so I would probably want to be in the west. I like being able to set up ziplines and only drive a mile to go mtn biking.

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March 26 2014 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Geline Acenas-Deloy

I was amazed upon visiting this website since it's very very informative.
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October 09 2012 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Geline Acenas-Deloy

I was amazed upon visiting this website since it's very very informative.
Kudos to the people behind the success of this website.
5 thumbs up guys! Keep up the good works!

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October 09 2012 at 8:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lieju Learp

I was amazed upon visiting here as the articles are all very informative.
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October 03 2012 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lieju Learp

I was amazed upon visiting here as the articles are all very informative.
My congratulations to the people behind the success of this website.
You really rock guys! Keep up the good works!

http://happinessdirect.com

October 03 2012 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Philippe Dubuc

But if I had to pick it would be Minnesota for sure nice state with good fishing holes

August 02 2012 at 7:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Philippe Dubuc

American cities are all too dangerous anymore america is not what it was once so sad if you ever have the chance to visit france you will see how things should be seems people are much more satisfied seems there's to much hatred in this country people are just not happy anymore and you can't blame them with all the corruption

August 02 2012 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shun

Not sure how Memphis made it but whatever. This city sucks, is very prejudice, and barely any white collar jobs. Dont believe the hype. Oh, and we have LOTS of crime.

June 04 2012 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
W McRory Palmer

I wouldn't live in any of these cities.......and Orlando and Jacksonville are miserable places with extremely high crime and very high unemployment rates.

May 29 2012 at 6:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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