Pittsburgh, Raleigh 'most livable' contenders for Amazon HQ, study says
Pittsburgh is the “most livable” of the 20 places contending to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters, as long as you ignore its tie with Raleigh, N.C., in an analysis by personal finance site MagnifyMoney.com.
The LendingTree subsidiary tallied scores for contenders using seven factors, including commute times, living costs, climate, taxes and housing vacancy rates.
“We trust that Amazon is doing a great job of evaluating (and negotiating) the core criteria and key preferences they deem essential to their business operations,” said study author Kali McFadden, a LendingTree analyst. “We wanted to take a closer look at what each of these cities can offer their rank-and-file employees, both local and transferred.”
Pittsburgh and that other city both scored 78 out of a possible 100, with Dallas coming in third at 69.
Pittsburgh's low cost of living and relatively short commute time helped it reach the top, while its temperature swings allowed Raleigh to catch up despite its higher housing costs. An obvious quality-of-life factor missing from the study is the fun of rooting for the Steelers and Penguins instead of the Panthers and Hurricanes.
New York City had the lowest score at 22 because of high living costs, high tax rates and the longest commute time.
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