If you’re on the hunt for a fulfilling career, you should probably point your compass west.
A recent study conducted by Glassdoor revealed that four of the five top-ranking cities for job satisfaction are located in the West.
The study—which crowdsourced Glassdoor reviews from at least 500 employees from each of the 50 metro areas studied—examined overall employment satisfaction by city, as well as satisfaction with benefits, management, expectation of company outlook and number of employes hiring.
Satisfaction was concentrated in the Bay Area, with San Jose and and San Francisco taking the top two spots. These cities, which had overall satisfaction ratings of 3.4 out of 5, are home to companies like Google, LinkedIn, Apple, Facebook and Salesforce. Each of these companies was included in Glassdoor’s 50 Best Places to Work 2013.
Seattle, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. – with scores of 3.4, 3.3 and 3.3 respectively—make up the rest of the top five.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, surprisingly, the nation’s larger metros were home to a more unhappy workforce: New York City ranked 32nd overall and 44th for satisfaction with pay, Los Angeles was 26th overall and 34th for pay satisfaction and Chicago placed 40th overall and 41st for pay.