Go San Antonio, Reprise

Where are the happiest workers in Texas? Not where you think.

Where are the happiest workers in Texas? Not where you think.

Downtown San Antonio
San Antonio is the eighth happiest city in the country to work in right now, according to Forbes. Cristhian Rodriguez/Wikimedia Commons

The Texas economy might be booming — and its rep as a job hub along with it — but according to Forbes, only one city in the state is happy about it. In two other Lone Star locales, worker bees are pretty bummed.

San Antonio is the eighth-happiest city to work in right now, while Austin and Houston rank among the unhappiest, at Nos. 5 and 8, respectively. Dallas must be somewhere in the middle, where everyone just kind of does his or her thing. An economic purgatory, if you will.

The results come from fulfillment-focused career site CareerBliss, which looked at eight factors, including work-life balance, an employee’s relationship with his or her boss and co-workers, general work environment, compensation, opportunities for advancement, company culture, and resources.

It seems the New York Times knew what it was talking about when it declared that travelers should bypass Austin for San Antonio; a vacation is bound to be more pleasant when there are happy people around. Apparently the Houston Rodeo and Austin’s glut of music festivals just can’t cheer up folks the way the River Walk can.

CultureMap Austin managing editor Katie Friel can’t understand what’s making her fellow Austinites so unhappy. “Sure, our traffic is so terrible we have to talk about it all the time just to make ourselves feel better,” she writes, “but we see sunshine 300 days a year and live in a city where it is culturally acceptable to eat tacos for every meal.”

Joining San Antonio on the happy list are Miami, Sacramento and Las Vegas, which take the top three slots, followed by Orlando, Florida (No. 4); Washington, D.C. (No. 5); Los Angeles (No. 6); Hartford, Connecticut (No. 7); Birmingham, Alabama (No. 9); and New York City (No. 10).

Austin and Houston may find solace alongside unhappy spots such as Cleveland, Ohio (No. 1); Indianapolis, Indiana (No. 2); Kansas City, Missouri (No. 3); Salt Lake City, Utah (No. 4); Cincinnati, Ohio (No. 6); Louisville, Kentucky (No. 7); Tulsa, Oklahoma (No. 9); and Chicago (No. 10).