The 20 best places to live in America if you want to be happy at work

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When it comes to being happy at work, employees in Los Angeles comes out on top.
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A lot of factors contribute to happiness at work: flexible hours, a competitive salary, and a meaningful purpose. But where you live can also play a role in how likely you are to be satisfied at work.

Job-search website Indeed just released their job-happiness index for 2016, which included a ranking of the happiest metro areas in the US. The report ranked the 50 most populous cities in the country by average job-satisfaction rating on a scale of one to five, culled from Indeed’s database of more than 10 million employee reviews.

California came on out top, with six of the top 20 cities. Los Angeles boasts the happiest employees in the country, followed by Miami and San Diego.

Read on to see the rest of the top 20 cities, with population and income data from the US Census Bureau.


20. Chicago, Illinois

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.897

Population: 2,722,389

Median household income: $47,831


19. New York, New York

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.899

Population: 8,491,079

Median household income: $52,737


18. Birmingham, Alabama

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.915

Population: 212,247

Median household income: $31,217


17. Hartford, Connecticut

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.919

Population: 124,705

Median household income: $29,313


16. Orlando, Florida

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.920

Population: 262,372

Median household income: $41,901


15. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The Minneapolis skyline.
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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.927

Population: 407,207

Median household income: $50,767


14. Seattle, Washington

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.939

Population: 668,342

Median household income: $67,365


13. Detroit, Michigan

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.941

Population: 680,250

Median household income: $26,095


12. Atlanta, Georgia

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.947

Population: 456,002

Median household income: $46,439


11. Sacramento, California

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.952

Population: 485,199

Median household income: $50,013


10. San Jose, California

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.965

Population: 1,015,785

Median household income: $83,787


9. Riverside, California

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.977

Population: 319,504

Median household income: $56,089


8. Boston, Massachusetts

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.983

Population: 655,884

Median household income: $54,485


7. Washington, DC

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.992

Population: 658,893

Median household income: $69,235


6. New Orleans, Louisiana

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.993

Population: 384,320

Median household income: $36,964


5. San Francisco, California

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.997

Population: 852,469

Median household income: $78,378


4. Providence, Rhode Island

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 4.005

Population: 179,154

Median household income: $37,514


3. San Diego, California

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 4.016

Population: 1,381,069

Median household income: $65,753


2. Miami, Florida

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 4.026

Population: 430,332

Median household income: $30,858


1. Los Angeles, California

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Average job-satisfaction rating: 4.043

Population: 3,928,864

Median household income: $49,682