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The 10 US cities with the happiest workers

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Research shows that happy employees tend to work harder and are 12 percent more productive in the workplace.

To find out where some of the happiest employees in the U.S. live, workplace insights platform kununu.com created a list of the top cities with the happiest and unhappiest workers. To come up with the rankings, kununu examined over 87,000 employee reviews conducted in the last 12 months for companies in the 50 most popular U.S. cities. Then, the site ranked each city on a scale of 1-5, with five being the most satisfied, based on company culture, teamwork, autonomy and support from management.

"Since we spend one third of our lives working, it is important to understand the drivers that shape our levels of happiness," Johannes Prüller, Director Global Communications at kununu, said in a statement. "There are always several factors that contribute to overall workplace satisfaction. Our data highlights the overall temperature of the workforce within a city and suggests that the location you are based can have a significant impact on how you perceive happiness."

Take a look below at the top 10 cities with the happiest employees in the U.S.:

1. Miami, Florida

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.99

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2. Los Angeles, California

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.96

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3. Raleigh, North Carolina

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.90

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4. Louisville, Kentucky

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.88

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5. Omaha, Nebraska

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.86

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6. San Jose, California

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.85

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7. Sacramento, California

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.85

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8. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.84

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9. Seattle, Washington

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.83

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10. Fresno, California

Happiness score on a scale of 1-5: 3.82

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According to kununu, many of the top 10 cities earned their spot not only for being home to companies with great culture and management, but also for having great weather, a growing tech scene and a fairly low cost of living compared to other cities.

At the bottom of the top 50 list are New York, New York, and Oakland, California. According to PayScale, the average cost of living in Oakland, California is 49 percent higher than the national average, and the average cost of living in New York is 129 percent higher than the national average.

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