Attention Jeff Bezos: Raleigh Tops Amazon.com HQ2 Ranking

(Bloomberg) -- ATTOM Data Solutions has ranked the finalists for Amazon.com’s proposed second headquarters based on housing and quality of life.

Raleigh, North Carolina -- with relatively affordable homes, above-average school scores and below-average crime rates and property taxes -- is No. 1, according to the curator of data on America’s property market.

Boston -- considered by some a favorite -- is last. New York also ranks poorly.

Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Austin round out the top five.

The Washington area trio of Montgomery County, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia -- all making separate bids -- are No. 9, No. 12 and No. 13.

While there are 20 finalists, ATTOM ranked 19 U.S. locations only. The other finalist is Toronto in Canada.

Seattle-based Amazon.com’s second corporate headquarters is projected to cost more than $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs over 10 to 15 years.

Place

Q4 2017 Median Price

5Y Chg%

Price/
Income

Avg. School Score

Crime Rate

Effective Property
Tax

Environ-mental Risk Score

Rank

Raleigh$235,00026%3.691.13960.86%2.581
Atlanta$220,00069%3.680.993030.98%1.772
Pittsburgh$150,00036%2.551.062151.79%2.523
Nashville$275,00067%5.160.871260.74%2.224
Austin$361,000114%4.931.06981.84%3.495
Denver$346,50073%5.860.921790.49%4.926
Los Angeles$776,00088%14.510.851430.68%1.647
Columbus$138,00052%2.890.851901.79%3.838
Montgomery County, MD$400,0008%3.591.17341.00%93.69
Indianapolis$130,00016%2.60.812871.02%3.0910
Dallas$284,619246%5.210.931942.23%3.5511
Washington, D.C.$520,00021%6.471.173160.64%2.1212
Northern Virginia$395,00014%3.831.04531.00%58.3713
Chicago$223,00048%4.430.922311.34%3.5914
Philadelphia$140,00027%3.090.652561.09%4.7715
Miami$285,00071%5.770.952331.05%10.5716
Newark, NJ$204,00069%6.470.52422.32%80.5917
New York$1,445,00041%14.791.09821.15%54.518
Boston$670,00050%9.570.61150.91%34.0419

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