The CareerBliss 2019 Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work

San Francisco, Calif. and Chicago, Ill. Rank as the Top Two Happiest Cities to Work, While Denver, Colo. Ranks as the Unhappiest City to Work for 2019

IRVINE, Calif.--()--CareerBliss, the leading career community™ with over 8 million open job listings and hundreds of thousands of employee reviews, has released the CareerBliss Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work for 2019.

CareerBliss evaluated thousands of independent company reviews by actual employees, analyzing the key factors that impact workplace happiness. Ranking as the CareerBliss happiest city to work is San Francisco, Calif., followed by Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., and Phoenix, Ariz. Unfortunately, Denver, Colo. and Fort Worth, Texas rank as the top two unhappiest cities to work.

“Understanding what makes employees happy and where employees are happiest is important key for employers as they expand into new regions and job seekers who are willing to relocate,” says Heidi Golledge, Chief Happiness Officer, CEO and Co-Founder of CareerBliss.

“Satisfied employees are more productive at work and happier in life and bring that spirit to the communities where they live,” says Golledge.

CareerBliss data evaluates key factors that affect work happiness, including relationships with bosses and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over daily work.

CareerBliss respondents are asked not only to rate their employer on key factors that impact happiness, but also on how much they value that factor. In addition to key factors, CareerBliss evaluates which cities in the United States have the highest number of happy reviews. Employment, job opportunities, and salaries also impact the CareerBliss Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work lists. “In the past, we noticed that cities with good weather were typically ranked higher on our list. We have noticed this year that folks are valuing more than sunshine and nice temperatures as they rate their happiness. Even Chicago’s recent freezing temps could not knock them out of the top spot.” Heidi Golledge mentioned.


CareerBliss Happiest Cities to Work 2019

Ranking     Location     BlissScore
1     San Francisco, Calif.     3.634
2     Chicago, Ill.     3.607
3     Atlanta, Ga.     3.241
4     Phoenix, Ariz.     3.218
5     New York City, N.Y.     3.121
6     Boston, Mass.     3.116
7     Indianapolis, Ind.     3.106
8     Philadelphia, Pa.     3.089
9     Charlotte, N.C.     2.874
10     Austin, Texas     2.807

CareerBliss Unhappiest Cities to Work 2019

Ranking     Location     BlissScore
1     Denver, Colo.     1.536
2     Fort Worth, Texas     1.883
3     Greensboro, N.C.     2.044
4     San Antonio, Texas     2.071
5     Orlando, Fla.     2.228

*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.

San Francisco, Calif. was named a Global Leader in Disruptive Innovation by global business-consulting firm, AT Kearney. As home to notable technology companies like Salesforce, Adobe, and Dropbox, with plenty of tech giants in the greater Bay Area, San Francisco ranks as the happiest city to work in right now.

Chicago, Ill. may have formerly funneled jobs to its suburbs, but now the city is experiencing historic employment growth in the city proper. Companies like McDonald’s, Dyson, GE Healthcare, and Wilson Sporting Goods have moved their headquarters to Chicago. Major employers like Google, LinkedIn, and Boeing are just a few reasons Chicago is the happening place for happy employment—and number two on the CareerBliss Happiest Cities list.

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is a unique online career community™ designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone who 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 700,000 independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and more than 8 million job listings.

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Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(316) 619-4245


Alia Henson
Director of Communications
(316) 619-4245