Expert predictions: Where Dallas stands in the race for Amazon HQ2

Another expert analysis has Dallas in a decent standing – but not a favorite – in the race to land Amazon’s second headquarters.

Atlanta or Northern Virginia are most likely to land the massive “HQ2,” a group of housing experts and economists told Zillow in a survey released this week.

The experts cited those regions’ housing affordability and land availability.

Dallas was the fourth-most likely city to land Amazon. Austin was second-most likely, followed by Denver, Montgomery County, Md., and Raleigh, N.C., in a tie for third-most likely.

All of which, at this point, might not mean much at all.

Dallas Business Journal: How DFW stacks up against the other 19 areas vying for Amazon HQ2

Besides revealing 20 finalists in January, Amazon hasn’t indicated any specific cities as favorites.

There was the Super Bowl commercial in which Amazon’s Alexa mentioned Austin, but that didn’t do much more than spark a few conspiracy theories online.

Here are a few other recent predictions made by the “experts:”

• CNN Money asked eight experts, and none mentioned Dallas as favorites. Three did pick Austin to be the winner. Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and D.C. were also named as favorites.

• Geek Wire’s John Cook ranked Dallas 8th on the list of finalists, noting Texas’ large number of engineers in the workforce. Washignton D.C., Montgomery County, Md., and Northern Virginia took the top spots on the list. Austin was 4th.

• Hamilton Place Strategies, a D.C.-based public relations firm, ranked D.C. as the top option for HQ2, citing its mass transit, educated workforce and overall “livability.” Dallas also got credit for its livability, along with its diversity, but finished behind eight other cities.

• A Wharton Business School professor told Business Insider that Austin is likely the favorite.

• An expert from GBH Insights named, in order, Atlanta, Raleigh, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Austin as the favorites, according to Investopedia.

• Long before Amazon whittled the list of finalists to 20, The Wall Street Journal picked Dallas as a likely candidate back in November.

• Sperling’s Best Places picked Atlanta to be the winner, according to Tech Crunch. Dallas was ranked 12th, actually slipping four spots after the top-20 list came out.

• In another pre-top 20 prediction, the New York Times picked Denver to be the big winner, citing the city’s affordability, lifestyle and, simply, the space to host potentially 8 million square feet of office space. Dallas made the Times’ top nine, getting credit for the basics like job growth, quality of life and a young, educated workforce.

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