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Amazon HQ2 short-listed U.S. cities

Carol O. Rogers
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Indianapolis is one of 20 locations to make the short list for Amazon's HQ2.

Amazon announced their short list on Thursday, January 18, and Indianapolis made the cut. Notably, only one west coast city (Los Angeles) was listed.

For grins, we put together a quick list of major indicators—how big, how fast, how big of a labor force and wages per job (see Table 1). We did this to compare those factors within a 25-mile radius of the location. Since we used our Big Radius Tool, which is limited to the U.S., we are missing Toronto. (Sorry, Canada!)

Table 1: Major indicators for the 19 U.S. locations on the Amazon HQ2 short list

Location (25-mile radius) Population 10-yr growth rate Labor force Employment Unemployment rate Earnings per job
Atlanta 4,327,497 17.0 2,324,959 2,227,671 4.2 $58,361
Austin, TX 1,932,511 37.1 1,088,429 1,058,966 2.7 $58,311
Boston 4,363,768 8.7 2,369,007 2,297,739 3.0 $73,304
Chicago 6,132,867 1.0 3,161,788 3,008,575 4.8 $61,003
Columbus, OH 1,714,562 13.6 910,650 878,859 3.5 $51,173
Dallas 4,414,727 22.3 2,387,829 2,312,661 3.1 $60,939
Denver 2,795,313 20.4 1,575,796 1,531,677 2.8 $60,239
Indianapolis 1,778,262 13.1 927,813 899,243 3.1 $49,747
Los Angeles 10,137,915 4.1 5,152,795 4,940,212 4.1 $58,767
Miami 2,712,945 12.8 1,385,846 1,322,385 4.6 $50,472
Montgomery County, MD 3,722,120 16.2 2,110,319 2,029,202 3.8 $73,678
Nashville, TN 1,633,657 21.5 900,065 876,744 2.6 $52,383
New York City 13,376,796 6.0 6,627,488 6,343,636 4.3 $72,356
Newark, NJ 13,684,543 6.2 6,792,513 6,503,249 4.3 $73,280
Northern Virginia 3,562,592 15.9 2,011,731 1,933,032 3.9 $73,953
Philadelphia 4,831,162 3.1 2,434,124 2,322,592 4.6 $56,944
Pittsburgh 1,956,233 -0.8 1,014,584 971,688 4.2 $53,273
Raleigh, NC 1,544,453 30.8 840,184 807,513 3.9 $55,587
Washington, D.C. 4,062,226 13.0 2,298,514 2,209,500 3.9 $72,101

Note: Population data are for 2016; labor force, employment and unemployment rate data are for November 2017; and earnings data are annualized from 2017 Q2. Arlington County was used for the Northern Virginia data.
Source: StatsAmerica

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