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Dallas Ranked No. 1 Most Likely To Score Amazon HQ2 By WSJ


Dallas is the top contender for Amazon HQ2, according to the Wall Street Journal. The analysis indicates that Dallas’ combination of low cost of living, favorable tax structure and tech labor force make it the best overall pick for HQ2.

Boston came in at No. 2; D.C. and Atlanta tied for the third spot. Other cities, like Austin and Minneapolis, have great individual characteristics that surpass Dallas’ corresponding characteristics but no other city has as many characteristics that register as highly favorable in the WSJ’s report. 

The metrics used were: tech labor force, fiscal health, cost of living, college population, culture fit and state tax rank.

Here are the cities highlighted by WSJ for key characteristics.

  • Best Overall: Dallas, Boston, D.C.
  • Top tech workforce: New York, D.C., Chicago
  • Most Seattle-like: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver
  • Best Long Shot: Austin, Minneapolis, Newark