The Space Needle stands out amid cranes and construction materials near Amazon’s towers in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

When Amazon announced it would split its second headquarters between New York City and the Washington, D.C., area, it seemed like a glaring example of获奖者 - 所有城市主义在少数人的“超级巨星城市”中的人才,金钱和工作群。

But the Milken Institute’sannual report在国家最好的城市最佳的城市确定了许多较小的,经常被忽视的Metros实际上是优于沿海超级明星。智库的研究人员根据从事创造的指标评估城市,每个地区出现的工资增加和技术创新。亚马逊的HQ2选秀者没有打破前10名,尽管它的西雅图原创家园所做的。

The Provo and Orem metropolitan area in Utah topped the list, driven by its tech sector, educated workforce and business-friendly regulatory climate, according to the report. Cities in the San Francisco Bay Area tech sector claimed second and fourth place.

“Low unemployment rates and a shortage of skilled labor are spurring more competition for knowledge-workers, putting upward pressure on wages in the tech sector and widening the income gap,” the report says.

The Texas tech hub of Austin came in third, the Dallas metro area was fifth and Raleigh, N.C., sixth. All three of those cities made Amazon’s short list of HQ2 finalists.


Milken has been publishing its “Best-Performing Cities: Where America’s Jobs are Created and Sustained” report annually since 1999. Researchers study 200 big cities and 201 small cities and rank them by measures of economic vitality.



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