These 64 cities follow Austin-Round Rock for Amazon's HQ2, according to Moody's Analytics

Austin and Amazon's HQ2.

Austin and Amazon's HQ2.

Austin edges Atlanta in a data-driven view of cities eligible to become host to Amazon’s second headquarters. The project, dubbed HQ2, is expected to bring 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion capital investment by Amazon in the next 10 to 15 years.

The winning city for the project will be announced in 2018.

Moody’s Analytics ranked each city on a scale of 1-to-5 on five criteria, including business environment, human capital, cost, quality of life and transportation. The following is a breakdown of numbers for the top three and the average score for the remaining regions eligible, which means they have a population of more than 1 million in the Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The rankings and the average score, according to Moody’s Analytics:

1.     Austin-Round Rock, Texas (3.086 of 5.0)

2.     Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. (3.08)

3.     Philadelphia, Pa. (3.07)

4.     Rochester, N.Y. (3.01)

5.     Pittsburgh, Pa. (2.99)

6.     New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (2.97)

7.     Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. (2.94)

8.     Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. (2.93)

9.     Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash. (2.91)

10.  Boston, Mass. (2.90)

11.  Salt Lake City, Utah (2.89)

12.  Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass. (2.89)

13.  Raleigh, N.C. (2.84)

14.  San Antonio, New Braunfels, Texas (2.84)

15.  Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C. (2.83)

16.  New Orleans-Metairie, La. (2.82)

17.  Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo. (2.79)

18.  Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn. (2.79)

19.  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (2.78)

20.  San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif. (2.77)

21.  Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y. (2.76)

22.  Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis. (2.76)

23.  Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (2.74)

24.  Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich. (2.73)

25.  Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Ill. (2.73)

26.  Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (2.71)

27.  Oklahoma City, Okla. (2.71)

28.  Columbus, Ohio (2.70)

29.  Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (2.69)

30.  Cincinnati, Ohio-Ky. (2.67)

31.  Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (2.66)

32.  St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. (2.65)

33.  Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (2.63)

34.  Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (2.62)

35.  Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.-N.C. (2.62)

36.  Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky.-Ind. (2.62)

37.  Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind. (2.60)

38.  Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.-Md.-W.V. (2.59)

39.  San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif. (2.58)

40.  West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, Fla. (2.52)

41.  Tucson, Ariz. (2.51)

42.  Nassau County-Suffolk County, N.Y. (2.50)

43.  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (2.50)

44.  Jacksonville, Fla. (2.49)

45.  Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn. (2.48)

46.  Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. (2.43)

47.  Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md. (2.42)

48.  Richmond, Va. (2.41)

49.  Houston-The Woodlands- Sugar Land, Texas (2.39)

50.  Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (2.35)

51.  Providence-Warwick, R.I.-Mass. (2.32)

52.  Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, Calif. (2.31)

53.  Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. (2.26)

54.  Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. (2.17)

55.  Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (2.16)

56.  Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. (2.12)

57.  Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. (2.11)

58.  Newark, N.J.-Pa. (2.06)

59.  Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, Pa. (2.04)

60.  Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich. (2.00)

61.  Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, Calif. (1.88)

62.  Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (1.80)

63.  Camden, N.J. (1.75)

64.  Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, Md. (1.71)

65.  Birmingham-Hoover, Ala. (1.64)

Austin scored the highest in the business environment category with a 4.6 rating on a 5-point scale. Quality of life was among the top at 3.5. Human capital was a 3.3, while transportation (2.2) and cost (1.9) were scored in the lower half for Austin.

According to CNBC, San Antonio will not submit a proposal to host HQ2. One bid per MSA has a deadline to Amazon of Oct. 16-19.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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