Remember back in 2011 when Forbes Magazine called Memphis one of the most miserable cities?
Turns out, we're not so miserable after all, especially when it comes to jobs.
A recent Forbes survey ranked Memphis as the fourth happiest places to work in the United States.
FORBES.com: Memphis No. 4 most happiest place to work
"I'm only surprised that we're not No. 1, honestly," said Rashana Lincoln of the New Memphis Institute.
Home to a college basketball team that's accustomed to being in the Top 25, Memphians know all about rankings. That's why we understand to appreciate a No. 4 showing, especially when it comes from business magazine Forbes.
"This is about employees and employers," said Nancy Coffee, also of the New Memphis Institute. "It's about bosses and colleagues and we're a city of great folks."
Ron franks, the manager of the Permanent Search Division of Gateway Group Personnel agrees Memphis is happy because the region has a lot to offer.
"Distribution, manufacturing, health care, real estate - all these industries that are represented are presenting opportunities for our candidates and for people that live here," he said.
There will be more opportunities for happy employees in Memphis with the addition of companies like Mitsubishi, Electrolux and Bass Pro Shop, Franks added.
"What people enjoy, they have the chance to work for some large publicly-traded companies and also a chance to work for some smaller organizations here as well," he said.
In addition to the variety of opportunities, the spirit of the city doesn't hurt.
"It's taking action that people really truly fall in love with Memphis because when you get involved and serve, you see the heart that's here and it inspires everyone," Coffee said.
Forbes ranks Dayton, Ohio, Knoxville, and Honolulu as slightly better cities to work in, followed by Memphis and Pittsburgh.
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