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As an employee I would place greater weight on the quality of life in an area, and the COL in that area, than whether or not there are 20 other companies in the same industry in that vicinity.

Yeah, but you're old. :)

Many of these employees are relatively young - fresh out of engineering school (which is one of Pittsburgh's advantages with Carnegie Mellon). For the most part, they are placing a stronger emphasis on doing high-quality interesting work than almost anything else. They know that they're likely to switch employers a few times within the next ten years.

And honestly, COL means different things to different people. For olds like us, that means affordable housing for a family and high-quality middle-schools; for younger people, that might mean being close to some of the best nightlife, live music, and cutting-edge art. You can find the former in Bentonville, but not necessarily the latter.

For good or bad, the places that are likely to be most attractive to Amazon's likely employees are going to be the places that are already filled with people like Amazon's likely employees - existing high-tech hubs with lots of engineers (and employers of engineers) thick on the ground. So once you rule out expansion in the Valley, you're looking at places like NY, DC, Austin, and other existing "winner" urban areas.

Albaby
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