Amazon is getting closer and closer to finding its second home.
The company announced 20 cities chosen to be finalists for their second headquarters on Thursday. The list itself contains several obvious choices, and some that are more unexpected.
Here is the list in full:
Los Angeles, California
Montgomery County, Maryland
Newark, New Jersey
New York, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
These finalists, according to The New York Times, were chosen based on their reputations as being attractive places for recruiting technical talent. Amazon’s criteria for choosing a new headquarters includes finding a city that has a population greater than 1 million and is further away from tech hotspots on the East and West Coasts.
However, Los Angeles and New York City are still in the running for the new space.
The company received 238 bids from officials for the opportunity to bring new jobs to their cities. Bids that did not make the cut include Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona. Amazon also received bids from cities in Mexico, according to The New York Times, but it seems the company is planning on staying in the U.S. or Canada. Amazon’s first and current headquarters is based in Seattle, Washington.
“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s head of economic development, told The New York Times. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
The final decision deadline has not yet been announced.