The CareerBliss 2018 Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work

Mountain View, Calif. and Detroit, Mich. Rank as the Top Two Happiest Cities to Work, While Des Moines, Iowa Ranks as the Unhappiest City to Work for 2018

IRVINE, Calif.--()--CareerBliss, the leading career community™ with over three million open job listings, today released the CareerBliss Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work for 2018. CareerBliss evaluated thousands of independent company reviews by actual employees, analyzing the key factors that impact workplace happiness. Ranking as the happiest city to work is Mountain View, Calif., followed by Detroit, Mich., Boulder, Colo., and Cleveland, Ohio. Des Moines, Iowa and Knoxville, Tenn. rank as two of the unhappiest cities to work.

“We are excited to recognize cities where employees are happiest around the country,” says Chief Happiness Officer and Cofounder, Heidi Golledge. “Cities are continuing to compete to bring companies such as Amazon to their cities to increase job opportunities and happiness for their residents. CareerBliss has also noted that when cities provide opportunities for higher education, personal growth, and year-round activities, they are more likely to have happier residents and employees.”

The CareerBliss data evaluates key 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, daily tasks, and job control over work performed daily.

CareerBliss respondents are asked not only to rate their employer on key factors that impact happiness but also how much they value that factor. If a factor is not of value to a participant it is weighted lower.

In addition to key factors, CareerBliss evaluates where there are the highest number of happy reviews in cities within the United States. Employment, job opportunities, and salaries also impact the CareerBliss Happiest Cities list.

CareerBliss Happiest Cities 2018

Ranking   Location   BlissScore
1   Mountain View, Calif.   3.488
2   Detroit, Mich.   3.468
3   Boulder, Colo.   3.434
4   Richardson, Tx.   3.406
5   Stamford, Conn.   3.358
6   Redmond, Wash.   3.343
7   San Jose, Calif.   3.321
8   Santa Clara, Calif.   3.320
9   Rockville, MD   3.269
10   Cleveland, OH   3.265

CareerBliss Unhappiest Cities 2018

Ranking   Location   BlissScore
1   Des Moines, Iowa   2.174
2   Knoxville, Tenn.   2.359
3   Greensboro, N.C.   2.440
4   Omaha, Neb.   2.487
5   Saint Petersburg, Fla.   2.579

BlissScore: Overall job happiness score assigned by employees. The CareerBliss BlissScore is derived from company reviews, which evaluate each of the key factors that contribute to the overall happiness in the workplace on a scale of 1-5.

Mountain View, Calif., home to some of the most notable technology companies including Google and LinkedIn, ranks as the happiest city to work in right now. Surprisingly, Detroit, Mich., a city that has struggled with economic turmoil for decades, comes in as the second happiest city. Companies such as Quicken Loans and Blue Cross Blue Shield have helped stimulate Detroit’s economy, and play a part in the city’s revitalization.

In Detroit, Quicken Loans employees say the company’s culture has a lot to do with their happiness: “You have an extreme likelihood of being promoted and growing in your career. Quicken Loans isn’t just a job or a company – it’s a culture, and it’s one-of-a-kind.”

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is a unique online career community™ designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone that works—employers, job seekers and recruiters—CareerBliss offers the ability to discover what constitutes happiness, to seek out new jobs, or to improve upon a current job using our PhD Board of Advisors. CareerBliss offers more than six million independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and more than three million job listings.

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Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(316) 619-4245


Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(316) 619-4245