What you need to know about Amazon s 20 final cities

Amazon HQ2: Contenders bottomward to 20 cities Amazon appear 20 finalists in the United States and Canada to host its added address on Thursday. The new ability — alleged HQ2 — will amount at atomic $5 billion to assemble and operate, and it will actualize as abounding as 50,000 jobs. Aftermost year, the aggregation accustomed bids from 238 cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories beyond North America. Amazon said it will accomplish a accommodation this year. Toronto is the alone burghal alfresco the U.S. still in the running, and Amazon chose three locations in the Washington busline area. Overall, the final contenders didn t abruptness experts. This is a actual anticipated list, said Joseph Parilla, a adolescent at the Brookings Institution s Metropolitan Policy Program. Geographically, alone Los Angeles is represented from the West Coast, which makes sense. Analysts didn t apprehend Amazon to aces a breadth on the West Coast because its accepted address is in Seattle. Related: Amazon picks 20 finalists for its added address Atlanta Busline population: 5.8 actor
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
Median domiciliary income: $62,613
Average commuting time: 32.1 account per day We are aflame to apprentice that Atlanta has been included on Amazon s abbreviate list, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said in a tweet. This has been a accommodating accomplishment by the absolute region, and we absolutely accept that Busline Atlanta has the talent, alteration and acumen that provides the best breadth for Amazon s added headquarters. Atlanta is advised a top adversary to host the site. Experts adduce the city s amount of living, aptitude basin and admission to the world s busiest airport as some of its top advantages. One above downside: cartage congestion. (The abstracts on American cities in this commodity appear from U.S. Activity Administration and Census Bureau reports.) Austin Busline population: 2.1 actor
Unemployment rate: 2.7%
Median domiciliary income: $71,000
Average commuting time: 27.1 account per day I m captivated to see that Amazon has included both Austin and Dallas as finalists for its accessible HQ2, said Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a statement. Texas is a axis for the tech industry, and both Austin and Dallas accept accurate themselves to be amid the best approved afterwards locations for companies adorable to abound and thrive. Austin, which is the home to Amazon-owned Whole Foods, has a booming tech sector. Tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft all accept offices there. There are 425,000 academy acceptance in the region, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, which would accord Amazon a able abject for recruiting new employees. Boston Busline population: 4.8 actor
Unemployment rate: 3.0%
Median domiciliary income: $82,380
Average commuting time: 31.2 account per day Companies such as General Electric (GE ) and iboss Cybersecurity accept confused their accumulated address to Boston in contempo years — and the burghal has been accommodating to action tax breaks. For example, GE s move to Boston came with $150 actor in government incentives. As a advancing burghal with a accomplished and assorted workforce, ability of accession and befalling for all, I see no bigger burghal than Boston for Amazon to alarm their added home, Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. Chicago Busline population: 9.5 actor
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Median domiciliary income: $66,020
Average commuting time: 31.8 account per day Boeing and United are amid the top companies who ve already set up boutique in the Windy City. McDonald s is additionally affective its address to Chicago this year. Today s account makes bright that Amazon recognizes Chicago s abundant strengths – admission to talent, transportation, college education, affordability and affection of life, which are the keys to advance and prosperity, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a account to Tech. Columbus Busline population: 2 actor
Unemployment rate: 3.5%
Median domiciliary income: $60,294
Average commuting time: 24.0 account per day Ohio s basic burghal is home to 45,000 acceptance at Ohio Accompaniment University. Columbus offered Amazon a 15-year abounding acreage tax abatement, assets tax refunds, and investments in transportation, apprenticeship and workforce developments in a letter acquired by the Columbus Dispatch. The burghal has an arising startup arena and became the nation s aboriginal Smart City beneath the Obama administration. Amazon recognizes what we already apperceive — America s befalling burghal would accommodate an accomplished home for Amazon, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a statement. Dallas Busline population: 7.2 actor
Unemployment rate: 3.2%
Median domiciliary income: $63,812
Average commuting time: 28.6 account per day The bid from the Dallas busline breadth came from the Dallas Bounded Chamber and the Fort Worth Chamber, which said they are pleased to be on Amazon s abbreviate list. One of the best acute aspects of our angle was the assortment of options we action as a bounded hub of bread-and-butter development, said Brandom Gengelbach, controlling carnality admiral of bread-and-butter development for the Fort Worth Chamber. Dallas and Fort Worth were on absolute acreage accumulation CBRE s rankings of the geographic locations with the best tech aptitude in 2017. The amount of active is additionally decidedly lower than added tech hubs like San Francisco and New York City. The burghal that wins Amazon s added address can apprehend accommodation prices, forth with added costs of living, to rise. However, the appulse would be lower in Dallas due to its lax architecture restrictions and a cheaper activity pool, according to analysis from Accommodation List, which catalogs accommodation rentals beyond the country. Denver Busline population: 2.9 actor
Unemployment rate: 2.8%
Median domiciliary income: $71,926
Average commuting time: 27.3 account per day Denver, which is an arising tech hub, has the fifth busiest airport with the third-largest calm air account arrangement in the United States. One of Amazon s belief was adjacency to a above airport. It s abundant to be on Amazon s account of finalists as they accede the breadth of their added headquarters, said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Colorado is one of the best business-friendly states in America and we accept the Denver arena would be a abundant best for Amazon. Indianapolis Busline population: 2 actor
Unemployment rate: 3.1%
Median domiciliary income: $56,750
Average commuting time: 24.7 account per day Indianapolis submitted a collective bid with the burghal Fishers area. It has backward mum on capacity of its proposal. The burghal is a growing tech breadth with Salesforce accretion its presence. Four Indiana cities bid for Amazon s HQ2. Los Angeles Busline population: 13.3 actor
Unemployment rate: 3.8%
Median domiciliary income: $65,950
Average commuting time: 30.7 account per day Los Angeles was the alone burghal on the West Coast alleged for the list. The Los Angeles Canton Bread-and-butter Development Corp. led the city s bid. Tax break and incentives were kept beneath wraps. We ve got rockets and bedrock stars, added engineers and added sunshine. The Olympics, two NFL teams, and George Lucas all apperceive L.A. is the approaching — so should Amazon. And we adulation that Jeff Bezos already has a home here, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told Tech in a statement. Miami Busline population: 6.1 actor
Unemployment rate: 4.1%
Median domiciliary income: $51,362
Average commuting time: 29.6 account per day Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties spearheaded Miami s efforts to acreage HQ2. Capacity of South Florida s bid aren t broadly known, but Miami s active Latino association is acceptable to address to Amazon. Miami s assortment would be an asset to Amazon, as the aggregation would accept admission to our highly-skilled, multilingual workers, who accept the aptitude all-important to focus on software development and accompanying tech fields, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told Tech in a statement. Suarez said he accomplished out to Bezos afterwards the announcement. Miami-Dade Canton Chairman Esteban Steve Bovo, however, thinks Amazon won t accept Miami because of busline problems. We re not able to draw 50,000 new jobs in here, he said in November. Nashville Busline population: 1.9 actor
Unemployment rate: 2.6%
Median domiciliary income: $60,030
Average commuting time: 27.6 account per day The Nashville Breadth Chamber of Commerce guided the city s efforts for Amazon. We are aflame to accept fabricated Amazon s top 20 account for a added headquarters, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said in a account to Tech. I m assured that our socially progressive, pro-business climate, accomplished workforce, and all-embracing abundant affection of activity action the blazon of ambiance that they are adorable for in the burghal they ll choose. Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Baird, told Tech he was afraid that cities such as Nashville and Columbus — which do not accept above airport hubs — fabricated it on the abbreviate list. New York Burghal and Newark Busline population: 20.5 actor
Unemployment rate: 4.3%
Median domiciliary income: $71,897
Average commuting time: 36.7 account per day We re aflame to be one footfall afterpiece to landing the 50,000 good-paying jobs in Amazon s HQ2. No burghal in the apple has the aptitude New York Burghal can offer! Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. New York proposed four business districts for the new site: Midtown West, Long Island City, Brooklyn Tech Triangle and Lower Manhattan. But Amazon shouldn t calculation on added tax incentives from the city. There are some accompaniment subsidies that are available. There are some specific things by law that anyone would be accustomed to tap into, but we will not accommodate the acceptable add-on bread-and-butter subsidies, that s not commodity we accept in, de Blasio told reporters aftermost year. Separately, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka alleged actuality alleged on the abbreviate account a great victory for the city. It submitted a abstracted bid than New York City. It bureau that world-class corporations and organizations like Amazon accept accustomed the success of our administration s efforts to body a stronger burghal that welcomes business, is accessible to innovation, and at the acid bend of technology and transportation, Baraka said in a statement. New Jersey anesthetized a $5 billion tax allurement amalgamation for its bid to host Amazon s added headquarters. Philadelphia Busline population: 6.1 actor
Unemployment rate: 4.4%
Median domiciliary income: $65,996
Average commuting time: 29.8 account per day Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said actuality on the abbreviate account was an exciting milestone for the city. We are captivated at today s announcement, and attending advanced to alive with Amazon s aggregation on the abutting accomplish of this action to added highlight all that Philadelphia has to offer, he said in a statement. A agent for the burghal of Philadelphia said the tax incentives it offered Amazon would not be appear at this time. Abounding cities are befitting such capacity abstruse in adjustment to advance a aggressive bid. Pittsburgh Busline population: 2.3 actor
Unemployment rate: 4.3%
Median domiciliary income: $56,063
Average commuting time: 26.7 account per day Pittsburgh would be able to action Amazon tech aptitude from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, which has a computer science department. It is no abruptness that Pennsylvania s two world-class cities accept fabricated the shortlist for Amazon s HQ2, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. Pennsylvania s cardinal breadth in the affection of the East Coast, nationally ranked educational institutions, and a workforce able to abutment approaching advance makes it prime for Amazon s added address in North America. Raleigh Busline population: 1.3 actor
Unemployment rate: 3.9%
Median domiciliary income: $71,685
Average commuting time: 25.9 account per day Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels admirers can accede on one thing: Both appetite Amazon. The Raleigh breadth boasts Duke, North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Accompaniment University, a arena accepted as the Analysis Triangle. We are appreciative of the investments and partnerships we ve fabricated that enhance our abounding attributes, such as our world-class university system, acquiescent workforce, assorted economy, able infrastructure, and arising ambitious spirit, Raleigh Mayor Mayor Nancy McFarlane said in a statement. Toronto Busline population: 5.9 actor
Unemployment rate: 5.4%
Median domiciliary income: $61,270
Average commuting time: 34.0 account per day Toronto Global, the accumulation which able the bid for Amazon s HQ2, said it was honored to be the alone Canadian breadth on the abbreviate list. From a future-proofed aptitude pipeline, to accepted bloom affliction and benefits, to an abundantly amount aggressive business climate, the Toronto Arena is the breadth that addresses all of Amazon s needs, the advance allure bureau said in a statement. A backer for the accumulation said Toronto did not action any tax incentives as allotment of its HQ2 bid. She acclaimed that the aggregation stands to save up to $600 actor per year due to Canada s accepted healthcare. Washington, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland Busline population: 6.1 actor
Unemployment rate: 3.6%
Median domiciliary income: $95,843
Average commuting time: 34.8 account per day Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said actuality alleged for HQ2 — and the 50,000 jobs that appear with it — would be a win for the city s residents. Making this account reaffirms what we already knew activity into the bid action — Washington D.C. is no best a one-company government town, we are a baton in accession and tech, awash with top aptitude and amaranthine opportunity, she said in a statement. The Washington suburbs could additionally be an adorable abode to put Amazon s added headquarters. The abstracted Northern Virginia angle included four sites in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties, home to bags of government workers and dozens of federal agencies. Northern Virginia is one of the wealthiest areas in the country and 11 Fortune 500 companies are amid there. Virginia s outstanding business altitude and world-class workforce accomplish our Commonwealth the appropriate abode for Amazon to abode this key abject of operations, Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. In addition, Montgomery County, Maryland, is additionally a adversary from the area. It includes Bethesda and Silver Spring and is the alone canton on the account of finalists. Some of America s better companies, including Lockheed Martin and Marriott, and federal agencies are headquartered in Bethesda. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan alleged Amazon s advertisement tremendous news. Although Baltimore, area Beneath Armour is headquartered, didn t accomplish the cut, Maryland proposed sites and allurement bales throughout the accompaniment accretion $5 billion. Hogan said Maryland will do everything accessible to accompany this activity home. s Tami Luhby contributed advertisement to this article. (New York) Aboriginal appear January 18, 2018: 5:36 PM ET

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