Riverside Named One of Nation’s Happiest Cities for Young Professionals

Friday, April 26th, 2013

(photo credit: Forbes.com)

On April 24, 2013 Forbes published ‘The 10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals” based on research conducted by online career site, CareerBliss.com. Riverside earned an impressive 6th* place ranking, putting it in the company of San Jose, San Diego, Chicago and Washington D.C.

“The new generation of young professionals not only finds happiness at work important–they demand it,” says CareerBliss chief executive Heidi Golledge. “If a company wants to find and retain the best talent, they need to work on building a culture of happiness within their organization.”

According to the article, ‘more than 45,000 young professionals, defined by CareerBliss as employees with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time position, were asked to evaluate ten factors that affect workplace happiness. Those include one’s relationship with the boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and control over the work one does on a daily basis.’

California took home four of the top 10 spots. San Jose (#1), San Francisco (#2) and San Diego (#5) all proved the Golden State to be a place young professionals not only find a higher quality of life, but rewarding career opportunities as well.

“California is home to some of the best universities and largest technology companies in the world,” says Matt Miller, chief technology officer at CareerBliss. “In the fast and competitive world of technology, we see more and more companies hiring young talent right out of school. Jobs for software engineers and designers are in high demand and have helped fuel this trend. In addition, tech companies are investing in young talent in an effort to have employees grow and develop with the company.”

To Riversiders, the ranking is probably not much of a surprise. Organizations such as The Pick Group have been working diligently over the past several years to grow and engage young professionals as leaders in the community. Through Seizing Our Destiny, an Education Roundtable was formed that brings leaders of Riverside’s primary and secondary schools and its four colleges and universities together specifically to create new approaches to ensuring that Riverside has extensive opportunities for lifelong learning. Riverside area chambers of commerce, nonprofits, youth organizations, businesses, government, faith-based and neighborhood groups have all made nurturing and supporting our young talent, and making Riverside a place they want to live, a top priority. 

To read the full article written by Jacquelyn Smith and published on Forbes.com, click here.
To read the original story and full methodology as published by CareerBliss.com, click here.

(*Note: The Forbes’ article content states Riverside’s rank as No. 7; however, both the pictoral slide show of the Top 10 and CareerBliss.com’s ranking has Riverside at No. 6 with a score of 3.84.)