Atlanta frontrunner for Amazon's second HQ, analysis finds

These ten cities have the best chance of being the home to Amazon's new headquarters. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more.

Atlanta will be home to Amazon's second headquarters. That's not official, but that's the analysis from Sperling's Best Places, which looks at demographics and place data such as the cost of living, housing prices, schools, and other items.

Sperling's says its team collected 18 of the most reputable lists and rankings of the potential Amazon locations and generated a score for each.

"Trust us - it's going to be Atlanta," Sperling's said.

The top 10

1. Atlanta

2. Boston

3. Chicago

4. Philadelphia

5. Washington, D.C.

6. Austin, Tex.

7. Dallas

8. Denver

9. New York City

10. Raleigh, N.C.

Seattle landed No. 28 on the list. Vancouver, B.C., was No. 64.

Tacoma did not land in the top 64, which is all the Sperling's list shows.

238 cities made pitches for Amazon's HQ2.

In a separate ranking that came out too late to be added to Sperling's analysis, The Wall Street Journal predicts Dallas is the frontrunner and says Seattle is high in the running.

The Wall Street Journal top contenders



Washington, DC





New York City


Austin, Tex.


Newark, N.J.

GeekWire, a KING 5 News partner, recently ranked the cities most likely to attact Amazon as:

1. Toronto

2. Boston

3. Austin

4. Pittsburgh

5. Chicago

6. Atlanta

Below are links to all the studies Sperling's looked at. Sperling's says the Wall Street Journal posted its own rankings, which was not included in their list.

• Moody's Analytics

• Anderson Economic Group


• Quartz

• Reis

• New York Times / The Upshot

• Everest Group

• Lyman Stone

• Richard Florida

• Money / CNN

• New York Times Opinion

• Venture Beat

• CityLab

• GeekWire

• New York Times / Common Sense

• Slate

• InvestorPlace

• Denver News Tribune

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