7 Numbers That Explain Amazon's Big HQ News

HQ2 is coming ... somewhere
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2017 8:13 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, file photo, the Amazon logo is displayed at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Amazon on Thursday announced plans for HQ2, a second headquarters to be built in North America as "a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," said Jeff Bezos in a statement. The company has invited interested host cities to submit a proposal, with the application saying the final site selection and announcement will come in 2018. What Amazon is saying about its plans, as told via seven numbers:

  1. 50,000: the potential number of "high-paying jobs" that will be created "over the next 10 to 15 years."
  2. 1 million: Amazon's preference for minimum city size for HQ2.
  3. 45: approximate number of minutes the chosen site needs to be from an international airport.
  4. 8 million: number of square feet HQ2 could ultimately clock in at.
  5. $5 billion: the expected construction cost.
  6. $38 billion: Amazon's estimate of how much additional money Seattle reaped from 2010 through 2016 due to having its HQ there.
  7. 233,000: A number that gives more context to the previous one—in 2016, "Amazonians" and guests booked this many hotel rooms in Seattle.

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