Houston may be the coolest city in America (at least according to Forbes Magazine's dubious methodology), but the plethora of local restaurants and bars, outdoor and entertainment options and ethnic and racial diversity doesn't mean that our young professionals are happiest.
CareerBliss.com analyzed more than 38,000 young professional employees' ratings of key work happiness factors (including work-life balance, boss and co-worker relationships, the work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture and company reputation, daily tasks and job autonomy) on a five-point scale.
&That ranking doesn't seem too bad in a nationwide setting — New York City only snagged spot No. 17.
Those numbers were averaged then sorted by location to determine the cities with the happiest young professionals, defined by CareerBliss to be employees with less than 10 years, full-time experience. Houston just barely made the list at No. 20, with a Bliss Score of 3.672.
That ranking doesn't seem too bad in a nationwide setting — six sunny Californian cities predictably occupied the top 10 of the list, plus the surprising metropolitan areas of Indianapolis, Atlanta and Boston and New York City only snagged spot No. 17.
But in Texas, the competition was stiff: San Antonio took the No. 10 spot with a Bliss Score of 3.828, Irving slid into No. 13 with a 3.783 score and fellow Dallas-Fort Worth area city Plano took No. 18 with a score of 3.705.