10 Happiest Cities For Entry-Level Workers

Miami, workers happiest city, according to CareerBliss. Many recent college grads assume they should launch their careers where their family and friends are. But given the high unemployment rate, which cities offer the best opportunities? Where would young workers be happiest? CareerBliss, an employment site, studied this question by analyzing survey data from more than 4,000 entry-level workers throughout the country and came up with the 10 best cities.

The workers, who had less than two years' experience, 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. After the CareerBliss team analyzed the data, a cumulative score, known as the "BlissScore," was given to each city.

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The results suggest that workers should look beyond the biggest cities, as small and medium-size cities are ranked higher. And entry level workers should not consider only salary. The highest-ranked city didn't offer the best pay.

See below for the Top 10, as well as the average salary for each city.




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tsh85

San Diego is a terrible city for entry-level workers. The competition in San Diego is fierce because there are more college graduates (BA or higher) in San Diego that any other city in America. 40.4 percent of San Diegans aged 25 and older hold bachelor's degrees. The census ranks San Diego as the ninth most educated city in the United States. San Diego also has the largest biotechnology hub in the country, and those biotech companies are not looking for entry-level employees. They are looking for employees who have years and years of experience under their belts.

November 20 2013 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathleen

Yeah, but try to survive in any of these cities on an entry level salary!

April 30 2013 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BajaBeachie

I clicked the link for Washington DC but got Washington DC (Roma, Texas). Go figure. Apparently Career Builder is hiring bottom of the barrel?+

April 29 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bbtrainman

all the citys you mentioned are where illeagal imagrants hide out.

April 29 2013 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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