Redmond: Happiest place in U.S. for young professionals

Microsoft is holding a pair of big events this week in Anaheim, Calif., right across the street from the Happiest Place on Earth, but maybe the company didn’t need to travel this far after all.

A new study by employment site CareerBliss ranks the company’s hometown of Redmond as the happiest city for young professionals, according to Forbes, which notes that Microsoft’s presence in the city “could be responsible for making so many employees in the area happy.”

That’s a pretty safe bet, given the disproportionate number of Microsoft employees in the city. (Microsoft employs about 40,000 people across the Seattle region.) The factor pushing the city to the top of the list was satisfaction with benefits, an area where Microsoft has traditionally been strong.

Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla., were the No. 2 and 3 cities on the list.

See the Forbes post for the full ranking of cities that made the list.

Thanks to GeekWire columnist Monica Guzman for pointing this out. Photo by rkeohane via Flickr.

  • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

    How do they define “young”?  Our offices are in downtown Redmond, and I “feel” young, but I’m not sure mid-30′s qualifies…

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Good question. They define it by experience — less than 10 years in a full-time position — as opposed to age. Interesting approach.

      • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

        Either way, I left MSFT 10 years ago and work in a different part of Redmond now. The vibe “down the hill” in downtown Redmond is pretty cool.

      • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

        Either way, I left MSFT 10 years ago and work in a different part of Redmond now. The vibe “down the hill” in downtown Redmond is pretty cool.

  • Guest

    I would seriously kill myself if I had to live or work in Redmond. No anti-MSFT bias here, it’s just a horrible soul-sucking strip-mall-filled suburban wasteland.

    • Anonymous

      I work in Redmond but live over in Seattle.  I lived in Redmond for about a month when I started working here and it was enough to make me want to claw my face off just for something to do.  Everything closes by 6pm since all the office workers have gone home.

      • Guest

        Weird, there is no real strip mall in downtown redmond.  Also weird, everything is open until 9 for retails stores, later for bars/restaurants.  You sound like a Canadian who says tumbleweed rolls down the streets in downtown Dallas, or an American that says that Canadians all live in igloos; only more ignorant.  You have to be a Seattle resident.

        • Guest

          > I work in Redmond but live over in Seattle.
          > You have to be a Seattle resident.

          Not much gets past you, eh? ;)

          Crossroads mall is the kind of soulless wasteland we’re talking about.  And all the Aboda style housing is horrific.  No personality.

        • Guest

          > I work in Redmond but live over in Seattle.
          > You have to be a Seattle resident.

          Not much gets past you, eh? ;)

          Crossroads mall is the kind of soulless wasteland we’re talking about.  And all the Aboda style housing is horrific.  No personality.

        • Guest

          > I work in Redmond but live over in Seattle.
          > You have to be a Seattle resident.

          Not much gets past you, eh? ;)

          Crossroads mall is the kind of soulless wasteland we’re talking about.  And all the Aboda style housing is horrific.  No personality.

          • Peter H

            Wow bro, drink more haterade.  I love Redmond.  The crossroads mall food court is awesome.  I live on a 6 acre farm with 75 100-year old cedar trees — but I’m just 20 minutes from sports or symphonies or whatever in the city.  My boat is 10 minutes away in Kirkland.  The Redmond farmers market is great.  And on and on and on.  This place rules.  If you don’t want to live here fine then don’t!  Take your hate somewheres else.

          • Peter H

            Wow bro, drink more haterade.  I love Redmond.  The crossroads mall food court is awesome.  I live on a 6 acre farm with 75 100-year old cedar trees — but I’m just 20 minutes from sports or symphonies or whatever in the city.  My boat is 10 minutes away in Kirkland.  The Redmond farmers market is great.  And on and on and on.  This place rules.  If you don’t want to live here fine then don’t!  Take your hate somewheres else.

          • Jonah

            So you are also not really sure where Redmond is.  Crossroads is in Bellevue.

      • Guest

        Weird, there is no real strip mall in downtown redmond.  Also weird, everything is open until 9 for retails stores, later for bars/restaurants.  You sound like a Canadian who says tumbleweed rolls down the streets in downtown Dallas, or an American that says that Canadians all live in igloos; only more ignorant.  You have to be a Seattle resident.

  • Guest

    I would seriously kill myself if I had to live or work in Redmond. No anti-MSFT bias here, it’s just a horrible soul-sucking strip-mall-filled suburban wasteland.

  • Chris Pucci

    My favorite wine bar is in Redmond. Other than that though, pretty boring place. I live on the East side, but work downtown. I much prefer the Freemont, Ballard, Magnolia areas.

    • Peter H

      Then why don’t you move there?

  • Chris Pucci

    My favorite wine bar is in Redmond. Other than that though, pretty boring place. I live on the East side, but work downtown. I much prefer the Freemont, Ballard, Magnolia areas.

  • http://www.aboutacompany.com/ Sam

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  • http://www.aboutacompany.com/ Sam

    AboutaCompany is a free online community focused on sketching the inside happenings of a company. AboutaCompany helps in bringing out some of the best companies to work in and also the dark side of certain companies. Users all over the world from various companies can anonymously share and view reviews, photos and more general statistics about their companies. What makes us unique is that even though the reviews are gathered anonymously, it is only from former & current employees, people who have attended trainings, interview candidates and even the companies themselves.