By Ryan Velez
In a working world where we are becoming more and more connected despite physical distance, the concept of relocation has become less of a massive life step and more of an accepted one among working professionals. Whether they are looking for greener working pastures or a better quality of life outside the office, many are not afraid to try starting over in a new city, but what cities make for the best start? To answer this question, Careerbliss compiled data to find their 20 happiest cities in the country to work in, and Forbes has reported the final results.
To arrive at their conclusions, Careerbliss mined 20,000 employee reviews, only including cities that included 50 reviews over the past year. Their evaluation of the reviews included a wide list of factors that affect work happiness, including one’s relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks, and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis. The top ranking city this year is Santa Clara, CA.
“Silicon Valley leads the way in happiest cities with Santa Clara, Calif., and San Jose, Calif., ranking No.1 and No. 2. With high paying jobs in technology, these cities are home to some of the happiest employees,” says Heidi Golledge, Co-founder and Chief Happiness Officer of CareerBliss. Santa Clara, with a population of 126,215 people, is home to companies including Intel and Applied Materials. San Jose also has plenty of tech companies, including Cisco, Adobe, and eBay.
In third place on the list is Portland, Oregon. Many may think of the city’s hip reputation is part of the reason why it is popular to live in, but the second half of its appeal is its strong business foundation. Nike’s headquarters is in nearby Beaverton, and the city also houses aircraft components maker Precision Castparts and Columbia Sportswear. In fourth is Cincinnati, Ohio. Many think of Procter and Gamble, the largest consumer packaged goods firm in the U.S, as the signature business here, but not to be ignored is grocery store giant Kroger, which is based in Cincinnati as well.
Rounding out the top 10 are San Francisco, Austin, Nashville, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Diego.