Why Dallas may be the best place for Amazon's second headquarters

Marco Green
November 14, 2017

The Wall Street Journal has chosen Boston as one of the cities most likely to house Amazon's second headquarters, according to an analysis published Tuesday. Just don't count on it happening, the Wall Street Journal says.

Dallas ranked No. 1 out of the top 12 contenders, outpacing competitors such as Boston, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Based on this criteria, it found that Dallas would be the ideal fit for HQ2, based partly on the lack of state income tax in Texas. Perhaps surprisingly, Boston scored below average on the size of its tech labor force, a reminder that if Amazon really plans to hire 50,000 people it may need to choose quite a large city indeed.

Boston got top scores on fiscal health and culture fit, with the Journal citing the city's "great sports-bar scene" and "a millennial population that has grown about 9% since 2012".

The paper, with some help from the research consultancy Green Street Advisors, ranked cities on Amazon's given metrics, including quality of life and transportation concerns. The company is expected to make a decision next year, promptly killing this "virtual cottage industry" of Amazon HQ2 predictions and putting an end to the desperation and debasement of civic leaders around the country.

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