Redmond named happiest city in country for young professionals

Redmond is the happiest city for young professionals according to

Redmond is the happiest city for young professionals according to

The online career website recently released a list of the 20 happiest cities for young professionals with Redmond at the top, based on analysis from thousands of employee-generated reviews between 2010 and 2011.

According to an article on, CareerBliss asked young professionals — employees with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time position — to rate on a five-point scale, eight factors affecting workplace happiness: growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security and whether they would recommend their employer to others.

Employees also indicated how important each factor was to their overall happiness at work.

City scores were based on average ratings.

“In our research, CareerBliss found that young professionals take career happiness very seriously,” CareerBliss chief executive Heidi Golledge said in the Forbes article. “Typically, they will continue to keep their resume active on job boards just in case something more fulfilling comes along, and they are typically two to three times more likely than their parents to jump jobs for more career happiness. In short, they take the right to pursuit happiness to heart and will typically not stay at a job with poor conditions for very long, and they will even relocate to get out of an unhappy work environment.”

Redmond scored an overall score of 3.835 out of five, with workers the most optimistic in the benefits category, which scored 4.260.

In the Forbes article, CareerBliss chief technology officer Matt Miller said Microsoft Corp. may be a factor in Redmond’s high score.

“In terms of young professionals, Redmond features a large number of technology jobs, partly due to the location of Microsoft,” he said. “Microsoft’s outstanding benefits ranking, as well as its status as a company its employees would recommend to others, helps elevate its ranking. We also found that Redmond ranked No. 1 in compensation for young professionals, which is very important for those starting out in the work force.”

Other cities on the list include Fort Lauderdale, FLa., Detroit, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Redmond is the only city in Washington to make the list.