Did your city make the list?
Amazon has stipulated that it wants the location of its headquarters to have a poplation of over one million, and to have enough allure to tempt tech people to move and live there.
It's no wonder that 238 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico originally applied. (According to the Times, applicants had to provide statistics on traffic and crime in their cities, and outline potential building sites for what’s being called HQ2) The corporation will likely provide more than 50,000 new jobs to residents.
Business is booming for the online retailer. In 2017, Amazon sold $2 billion worth of groceries, outpacing Walmart, to take the lead as the largest online grocery store. The corporation’s acquisition of Whole Foods—which is working to lower its prices in the wake of the sale—is likely a key factor in this drastic boost in grocery sales, according to analysts at Business Insider.
Amazon is keeping its process for choosing the finalists a secret, saying only that narrowing the applicants down to 20 cities ended up being a challenging task. Last October, a consulting firm called Everest Group predicted the six cities that are most likely Amazon's top picks.
Amazon is expected to announce the winning city later this year.
Here’s the list of finalists in full:
Montgomery County, Md.