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Smile! Houston zooms up the rankings of happiest cities for young professionals

Smile! Houston is a happy city for young professionals

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With final exams and summer plans preoccupying the Class of 2013, youngsters can't be bothered to foresee where in the world they'll find happiness and success in the workplace. Conveniently, the folks at Forbes did the work for them, commissioning a ranking of "The 10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals" from CareerBliss.com. 

Houston rose in the rankings from No. 20 last September to No. 8 in this year's list, with a large population of young professionals (over 698,000 in a city of 2.1 million) and a "BlissScore" of 3.83 on a scale of 5. 

CareerBliss based the ranking on more than 45,000 employee-generated reviews posted to the online career site between April 2012 and March 2013, according to 10 factors that influence workplace happiness, from co-workers and compensation to company reputation and daily tasks. 

At No. 1, sunny San Jose, Calif., which is a hotbed of high tech, earned a bliss score of 3.94. San Francisco ranked No. 2, followed by Washington, D.C., Chicago and San Diego. Riverside, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Boston rounded out the top 10.