Top 20 U.S. Cities for Young Professionals

New listing details the top twenty American cities for young professionals based on a range of work-life factors.

top-20-us-cities-for-young-professionalsYoung professionals make up a significant portion of the current U.S. workforce. But there is growing evidence that salary and compensation aren’t the most important factors for younger workers. Instead, early career professionals are flocking to cities that offer a work-life balance and greater personal happiness.

According to a recent study by CareerBliss, the top three “happiest” U.S. cities for young professionals are all located in California: Los Angeles, San Jose and Sunnyvale. The appeal of these cities indicates an affinity for a specific lifestyle rather than an income-only career priority.

“Through our research, we have found that a positive company culture, which focuses on overall happiness and not just compensation, is key for young professionals,” said Heidi Golledge, Chief Happiness Officer and co-founder of CareerBliss.  “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.”

The study asked employees with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time position to rate 10 key factors that affect workplace happiness including, 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.

Top 20 U.S. Cities for Young Professional Workers

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Sunnyvale, CA
  4. Indianapolis, IN
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Irvine, GA
  7. Atlanta, GA
  8. Boston, MA
  9. San Francisco, CA
  10. San Antonio, TX
  11. Las Vegas, NV
  12. Seattle, WA
  13. Irving, TX
  14. Philadelphia, PA
  15. Orlando, FL
  16. Pittsburgh, PA
  17. New York, NY
  18. Plano, TX
  19. Miami, FL
  20. Houston, TX

“Everyone at CareerBliss is dedicated to understanding what work environments are happiest for all professionals to help both employers and employees find true lasting success,” said Golledge. “This information can help mold the career path for young professionals and help employers build happier work environments that foster long-term employee relationships.”

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