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Fort Lauderdale Named the Second-Happiest City for Young Professionals

If you're a young professional in Fort Lauderdale, you probably don't hate your life -- at least according to research done by a company called Career Bliss.

The company took surveys from a few thousand so-called young professionals -- which they're classifying as people with less than ten years in a full-time position -- and asked them to rate eight factors about their jobs.

After ranking the growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work/life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security, and whether they would recommend their employer to others at their respective workplaces, the respondents would also rank how important each of those factors were to them.

The best place for the younger end of the work force, according to the company, is Redmond, Washington, which received a score of 3.835.

Fort Lauderdale and Orlando took second and third, with scores of 3.665 and 3.635, respectively.

The website didn't release specifics of the surveys -- so we don't know which categories Fort Lauderdale did better or worse in -- but Heidi Golledge, head of, gave the following explanation about the results to Forbes:

In our research, CareerBliss found that young professionals take career happiness very seriously. 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 pursue 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.

More explanation about the survey and the list of the top 20 happiest cities for young professionals can be found at Forbes by clicking here.

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