So who are the top contenders. We know that Amazon has selected Boston Seaport District for some of its operations, but we haven’t heard much about Boston HQ2.
The largest share of 100 housing industry and economics experts convened by Zillow and Pulsenomics believes that, while in theory any of the 20 could be selected, it comes down to just 2.
First is Atlanta, chosen by the experts with the fourth lowest home prices and rents according to Zillow’s Home Price Expectations Survey. This would clearly be an advantage for a firm aiming to employ as many as 50,000 workers.
“Atlanta has the benefit of being one of the most affordable markets in the country and is undergoing an urban renaissance with new public infrastructure providing attractive opportunities for employers seeking to lure young urbanites,” explained Terrazas.
Atlanta also has good land availability, talent pool, and business-friendly tax codes.
The second choice makes sense politically. It’s Northern Virginia, part of the DC metro, which lacks the home affordability benefit of Atlanta (one of the more expensive on Zillow’s survey) but would put the company close to Washington policymakers. It also has a large tech workforce.
“Northern Virginia has its benefits as well, as it’s close to a highly educated workforce and a well-developed public transit infrastructure in the D.C. area,” added Terrazas.
Los Angeles, Newark, New York and Miami were the cities respondents said were the least likely to be chosen by Amazon.
So where does Boston stand?
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Updated: 1st Quarter 2018