St. Louis listed as happiest city for job-seeking college grads

St. Louis listed as happiest city for job-seeking college grads

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A general view of the field prior to Game Seven of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


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Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 6:57 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The Gateway City is the happiest city for job-seeking college grads, according to a list compiled by online career site

The list was based on analysis from reviews submitted by people with jobs that require less than two years of work experience. Those employees were asked to answer questions based on 10 factors that affect workplace harmony. The factors included the employee's relationship with their boss and coworkers, job resources, salary, work environment, growth opportunities, daily tasks, control over the work done on a daily basis, company culture and company repuration. The answers were given on a five-point scale.

CareerBliss also looked at the average cost-of-living-adjusted salary, which indicates how far a dollar can go in the respective cities.

St. Louis topped the list with a score of 4.12 out of 5, with an average cost-of-living-adjusted salary of $50,900. The career website said recent graduates in St. Louis with less than two years of work experience were most content with their work environment, co-workers and superiors.

Here is the complete list (the adjusted cost-of-living salary is in parentheses):

1. St. Louis, Missouri ($50,900)
2. Salt Lake City, Utah ($43,010)
3. Jacksonville, Florida ($45,736)
4. Memphis ($56,158)
5. Indianapolis, Indiana ($44,757)
6. Orlando, Florida ($43,047)
7. Houston, Texas ($47,615)
8. San Antonio, Texas ($43,640)
9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ($42,304)
10. Birmingham, Alabama ($47,491)