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ABQ is second among happiest mid-size cities in the US

ahappyALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — California-based CareerBliss, an online career website, released an unscientific survey Monday that ranked Albuquerque as the No. 2 happiest mid-size city, just behind Sacramento and just ahead of Plano, Texas.

The website said that thousands of employees from cities around the nation submitted independent company reviews evaluating their work culture and what factors impact overall workplace happiness. CareerBliss said evaluated cities with populations greater than 100,000 and less than 1 million to determine the happiest mid-size cities.

“There are opportunities to find happy careers everywhere, “said Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss. “Analyzing workplace happiness in all cities is important for those who may not want the hustle and bustle of a large city, but still want to find a rewarding workplace culture.”

The company said that factors it evaluated included one’s relationship with his or her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over work performed on a daily basis.

The data account for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee’s overall happiness. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and five. A minimum of 30 reviews per city was required for this data. A mid-size city is defined as an area with a population of greater than 100,000, but less than 1 million.

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