The Cities With The Happiest Young Professionals
Forbes

Detroit, the Bronx and Sacramento may not be the first places that come to mind when you think about where you’d be happiest—but it turns out those three cities are where some of the nation’s most contented young professionals are, according to online career site Careerbliss.com.

Its list of the 20 happiest cities for young professionals is based on analysis from thousands of employee generated reviews between 2010 and 2011. Young professionals, defined by CareerBliss as employees with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time position, were asked to rate eight factors that affect workplace happiness, including growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security and whether they would recommend their employer others.

They valued each factor on a five-point scale, and also indicated how important it was to their overall happiness at work. The numbers were combined to find an average rating of overall employee happiness for each respondent, and then sorted by location to find which cities had the happiest workers.

“In our research, CareerBliss found that young professionals take career happiness very seriously,” says the company’s chief executive, Heidi Golledge. “Typically, they will continue to keep their résumé 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.”

If you’re looking to move to a happier place, you might consider Redmond, Wash.

Heading the list of the cities with the happiest young professionals, Redmond earned an overall score of 3.835. Workers there expressed the most optimism in the Benefits category, which scored 4.260.

The city, located just east of Seattle, is best known as the home of the tech giant Microsoft—which could be responsible for making so many employees in the area happy.

In Pictures: The Cities With The Happiest Young Professionals

“In terms of young professionals, Redmond features a large number of technology jobs, partly due to the location of Microsoft,” says CareerBliss chief technology officer Matt Miller. “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.”

Things are also sunny for young workers in Florida. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando round out the top three cities, with overall scores of 3.665 and 3.635, respectively.

Elsewhere on the list are Detroit and the Bronx. “The CareerBliss data showed that young professionals in Detroit enjoyed their work-life balance and the opportunity to work at companies they would recommend to others,” Golledge says. “However, job security in Detroit lowered their overall score and kept Detroit from the top spot.  Many young professionals who were hit hard by the recession are moving to locations such as the Bronx and Detroit to get jobs and start building their résumés, and they are finding once they are there that the larger companies there have something to offer, and they end up staying with those companies for longer than expected.”



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NYC's Curbed.com Has Officially Kicked Itself To Detroit

Curbed Detroit
Sarah Cox

Welcome to New Brooklyn! Today Curbed Detroit arrives just in time to scoop up all the scoop on $100 houses before they're gone and we're all living in loft condos next to urban farms (that's Whole Foods for Midtowners). Grab your MFA and a cash down payment because it is time to get started. (Pardon the mess. We're unpacking).

Curbed Detroit the newest site in the Curbed Network, and aims to celebrate neighborhoods, architecture, real estate porn, gossip, and everything to do with the built environment of the Motor City. If foreclosure auctions are your thing and sweeping penthouse views of Canada knock you out, you've come to the right place. Ham Town resident Sarah F. Cox takes the helm as Curbed Detroit's editor.

We'll share the latest news and commentary about Detroit's renewal and bargain-basement-affordable sales prices, as well as neighborhood gossip from the riverfront to 8 Mile and beyond. Yes, this means frequent ventures down Woodward to the 'burbs, too. Maybe one day we'll get to do it on the rail line.

For those familiar with some of the regular features of Curbed, you can expect a healthy dose of That's Rather Hideous and Adventures in Marketing, as well as brand-new features exclusive to the Dangerous D.

Most importantly, it's up to you, dear reader, to keep us up to speed with what's happening in your 'hood. If you've got news, scoops, tips, rumors or rants, don't be shy about directing them to our tipline. And thank you for the warm Midwestern welcome. See you at Slows.
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Michael P. McConnell
Daily Tribune

People with electric vehicles will be able to roll into Ferndale and charge up their cars for free next week.

The city is set to unveil two plug-in charging stations Sept. 8. One station is in the Ferndale Public Library parking lot on the west side of the building. The other station is in the Withington parking lot behind businesses at the northwest corner of Nine Mile and Woodward. Both stations offer free electricity.

An official unveiling will take place at 1 p.m. next Thursday at the station outside the library.

The stations are part of a pilot program set up by DTE Energy in conjunction with General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. A total of 16 such charging stations have been installed in Southeast Michigan, including four at Detroit Metro Airport and others in Mount Clemens, Rochester, Auburn Hills, the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center, and the Automation Alley technology center in Troy.

“I think Ferndale is the perfect place for these plug-in stations,” said Mayor Dave Coulter. “We embrace the new green technologies and electric vehicles are a big part of the future of automotive transportation.”

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