Rockville is among ‘Happiest Cities to Work’

WASHINGTON — The job posting, review and salary comparison site CareerBliss has released its list of Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work for 2018, and Rockville, Maryland, ranks ninth on the 10-happiest list.

CareerBliss said it based its list on thousands of independent company reviews by actual employees, analyzing key factors that affect workplace happiness.

Those include employee relationships with bosses and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and job control over work performed daily.

It also evaluated which cities had the most positive reviews from employees working for companies in those cities.

While Rockville came in ninth on the list, CareerBliss offered no specific details on why workers there are so happy, other than a high concentration of positive employee reviews.

Mountain View, California, home to companies such as Google and LinkedIn, ranked No. 1. Detroit, a city that has struggled with a weak economy for decades, ranked No. 2 on the happiest list.

CareerBliss specifically cites Quicken Loans, headquartered in Detroit, for its strong company culture.

“You have an extreme likelihood of being promoted and growing in your career. Quicken Loans isn’t just a job or a company — it’s a culture, and it’s one-of-a-kind,” CareerBliss said.

CareerBliss Happiest Cities to Work for 2018

  1. Mountain View, California
  2. Detroit, Michigan
  3. Boulder, Colorado
  4. Richardson, Texas
  5. Stamford, Connecticut
  6. Richmond, Washington
  7. San Jose, California
  8. Santa Clara, California
  9. Rockville, Maryland
  10. Cleveland, Ohio

Unhappiest Cities 2018

  1. Des Moines, Iowa
  2. Knoxville, Tennessee
  3. Greensboro, North Carolina
  4. Omaha, Nebraska
  5. Saint Petersburg, Florida

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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