For young workers starting out, determining where to begin a career can be either a product of happenstance or planning. If you're fortunate to be in the latter camp, it can be tough figuring out not only the best place to find a job in your chosen profession, but also a city where you can (hopefully) find happiness in your personal life.
So just where are the best cities to start out? CareerBliss recently polled more than 38,000 young workers -- defined as those employees with fewer than 10 years' experience in a full-time position -- to get an idea of what's important to them on the job.
The respondents rated their workplaces based on 10 factors: work-life balance, compensation, company culture, overall work environment, company reputation, relationships with managers and co-workers, opportunities for growth, job resources, daily tasks and job autonomy.
From those workers, CareerBliss came up with a list the happiest cities for young professionals -- ranked by an overall "Bliss Score." And lest you think it's all about the paycheck, CareerBliss says it just isn't so. "We have cities ranking higher, even though some are paying less, because they offer a happier life for employees who chose to live and work there," notes company co-founder and "Chief Happiness Officer" Heidi Golledge.
Wondering whether your favorite city made the list? Check out the list below, and then let us know in the comments section: Which city do you think is the best place to build a career?
Best Cities For Young Workers
10. San Antonio
Bliss Score: 3.828
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