According to Forbes and CareerBliss.com, Salt Lake City ranks second in the country when it comes to satisfaction of recent college graduates in the workforce. The online career website based determined the happiest cities for job-seeking college graduates from an analysis of surveys submitted by people holding down jobs that require less than two years of work experience.
Employees across the nation were asked to rank factors that contribute to workplace happiness on a five-point scale. First they evaluated factors based on experience within their company and then ranked those factors on how important they are to their overall satisfaction.
The top 10 cities were then decided by comparing the average cost-of-living-adjusted salary, which is determined by the median pay for new grads in each city, with the cost of living in the area. SLC earned an index score of 4.11 with an average cost-of-living-adjusted salary of $43,010.
An interesting finding was that no major cities, (think New York City or Los Angeles) made the cut. Life in the big city proved too expensive—the cost of living was too high in comparison to the average salary for recent graduates. The survey shows new graduates tend to prefer cities where they can have more disposable income.
St. Louis, Miss. earned the top spot on the list with a score of 4.12 and an average cost-of-living-adjusted salary of $50,900.
Other cities where post-graduates find the most workplace satisfaction include Jacksonville, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., and Houston, Texas.
To see the gallery of the list, visit Forbes.com.