Why experts think Amazon HQ2 will land in Atlanta or Northern Virginia

After narrowing its search to 20 cities, experts predict Amazon will choose Atlanta or Northern Virginia as its second headquarters, which will have a profound impact on both housing and the economy in and around the chosen city.

Of all remaining cities on Amazon’s list, Atlanta and Northern Virginia stood out as top contenders, according to a Zillow survey of 100 housing and economy experts.

Atlanta has the fourth lowest home values and rents among the finalists, making it an attractive option for the roughly 50,000 workers Amazon plans to hire, Zillow said. Northern Virginia, however, which is part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, is among the most expensive cities on the list, but may seem appealing because of its close proximity to policymakers.

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