Texas cities among front-runners 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 appears to be the front-runner for Amazon's second headquarters, but two Texas cities should make the top 10 choices, according to 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 across the United States.

Sperling's said ts 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. But, both Dallas and Austin made the top 10.

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.


238 cities made pitches for Amazon's HQ2 -- including Milam County, Texas, which worked for six weeks to assemble a proposal.

In a separate ranking that came out too late to be added to Sperling's analysis, The Wall Street Journal predicts Dallas is the front-runner.

The Wall Street Journal's Top Contenders



Washington, DC





New York City


Austin, Tex.


Newark, N.J.

GeekWire, a partner of our sister-station KING 5, recently ranked the cities most likely to attract Amazon as:

1. Toronto

2. Boston

3. Austin

4. Pittsburgh

5. Chicago

6. Atlanta

Notice how Austin made all three lists.

Below are links to all the studies Sperling's considered in their analysis.

• 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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