Amazon has provided a shortlist for HQ2 with 20 candidates. It has also provided specifics that will be of interest in determining which cities will be considered for HQ2. To be shortlisted the location had to have an environment that is business-friendly, have a robust technical workforce with over one million residents and be liberal in thinking big and creatively on real estate options and locations.
There are multiple cities across North America that would be likely candidates for hosting the second headquarters for Amazon but some may be too expensive or too close to Seattle. Several of them come close to the minimum requirements that Amazon is looking for. However 3 of them fit the housing affordability index: