The top 10 cities bidding to host Amazon’s next headquarters

Ryan Brinks 9 November 2017

The top 10 cities vying to become home to Amazon's HQ2

From Atlanta to Washington, cities across the US are inviting Amazon’s massive flow of resources.

Whatever online retailer Amazon does, it does big, and choosing the site of its next headquarters is no different.

Amazon employs more than 40,000 people at its Seattle headquarters. In September, the company announced plans to establish a second headquarters somewhere in North America. However, it hadn’t selected a location.

Amazon revealed it would be accepting submissions from cities that wished to host its second headquarters.

The e-commerce company’s deadline for submissions has closed, narrowed down to 238 metro areas across North America. At stake is a $5 billion spending budget, 50,000 new jobs and countless growth opportunities.

Known for guides and comparisons that help people turn hard decisions into great choices, finder.com applied its skills to Amazon’s daunting deliberation and identified the top 10 candidates in this battle for the future.

Based on key ingredients for a thriving business, we compared each proposal’s airport capacity, economic health, available skilled workforce, mass transit capability, talent pool and tax environment, then scored them. Add in some Vegas odds and hometown chutzpah, and you have the top 10 cities vying for Amazon’s next hub.

  1. Atlanta: With over 70 locations to choose from, a key airport and fast-paced growth, this city’s got 3/1 odds.
  2. Austin: Its tech culture is thriving, it’s an affordable city and Apple and Samsung have already set up shop.
  3. Boston: This city offers the intellectual, economic and physical infrastructure for for Amazon’s second home.
  4. New York City: The Big Apple has multiple airports, has other big players and isn’t lacking in qualified talent.
  5. Portland: With enviable quality of life and keen workers, this city may tempt Amazon to look close to home.
  6. Philly: Another rising tech talent incubator, Philadelphia is an affordable and accessible east coast hub.
  7. Washington, DC: Smart people and modern transport make this a viable option for a commerce capital.
  8. Toronto:An international pick that’s flush with talent and growth. This Canadian metropolis has it all.
  9. San Jose: Though not quite all-in, this California city’s creativity and culture ante’s up with 18/1 odds.
  10. Miami: If it’s able to improve public transportation, the popular beach-side Florida city is in the running.

Wild card: Memphis is doubling down for an outside chance at hosting HQ2 by offering a $50 million incentive.

Amazon has slated its decision for early 2018, so until then, you can dig into the numbers behind finder’s top 10 cities bidding to host Amazon’s second headquarters.

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