Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2 Thunderdome

By Adam Clark Estes on at

After what felt like five years of mayoral begging and media gimmicks, we finally know the top 20 finalists in the brutal battle for Amazon’s second headquarters. The cities are about as predictable as you’d think. Basically, all the big ones in North America.

Here they are, and among them, there can be only one winner, as the rest cannot survive Amazon’s Thunderdome or the wrath of a fearsome, fire-breathing Jeff Bezos:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington DC

Noticeably absent from the list are many cities in the West. However, if you consider that part of Amazon’s mission in building a second headquarters some distance away from its original Seattle headquarters, this is isn’t surprising. What’s sort of curious, though, is that three of the top 20 “cities”—Montgomery County in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC—are basically all the same metropolitan area. Also, raise a fist for the sole Canadian city on the list, Toronto. (Sorry Mexico City.) [Bloomberg]