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
7 Numbers That Explain Amazon's Big HQ News
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)

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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