- Data analytics company Niche compiled and ranked the best American suburbs to live in.
- Of the top 50 locations, there’s broad overlap with the cities Amazon announced in its search for HQ2 — the company’s second North American headquarters.
- Amazon is likely to announce the winning city of HQ2 by the end of 2018.
Despite coming under fire from members of younger generations who opt for exciting and cosmopolitan urban lives, the suburbs have historically offered a quieter and simpler existence still relatively close to jobs and cultural centers. However, all suburbs are not created equal.
Niche has released its ranking of the best suburbs to live in America. GOBankingRates combed through the data and observed that the majority of the top 50 suburbs are suburbs of the cities on Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2. Since the Amazon search was announced in 2017, the online retail giant has stayed relatively silent as rumors circulate about which city will ultimately get thousands of new residents, as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs, and an investment of about $5 billion.
Whether Niche’s list is a product of Amazon’s potential expansion or vice versa, if you’re looking to move near one of these top locations, it’s best to do it before property values soar in the event that the area wins Amazon’s golden ticket. Niche gathered its top suburbs list based on government data and factored in crime rates, quality of public schools, cost of living, employment opportunities, access to local amenities and other determinants. The list, which includes some towns and cities, also factored in real reviews from current and former residents.
Top Suburbs Located Near Potential Amazon HQ2
Here are the locations that are included in the top 50 suburbs from Niche’s list and are located close to the cities on Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist.
1. Carmel, Ind. — Suburb of Indianapolis
2. Chesterbrook, Pa. — Suburb of Philadelphia
3. Clarendon Hills, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
5. Buffalo Grove, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
9. Dublin, Ohio — Suburb of Columbus
11. Bexley, Ohio — Suburb of Columbus
13. Naperville, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
14. Fishers, Ind. — Suburb of Indianapolis
15. Morrisville, N.C. — Suburb of Raleigh
16. Mount Lebanon Township, Pa. — Suburb of Pittsburgh
19. Penn Wynne, Pa. — Suburb of Philadelphia
20. Ardmore, Pa. — Suburb of Philadelphia
22. Grandview Heights, Ohio — Suburb of Columbus
23. Western Springs, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
24. Oak Park, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
26. Coppell, Texas — Suburb of Dallas
27. Indian Head Park, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
28. Upper Arlington, Ohio — Suburb of Columbus
29. Long Grove, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
32. Brookline, Mass. — Suburb of Boston
33. Powell, Ohio — Suburb of Columbus
42. Santa Monica, Calif. — Suburb of Los Angeles
43. Franklin Park, Pa. — Suburb of Pittsburgh
44. Hinsdale, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
45. Decatur, Ga. — Suburb of Atlanta
49. Evanston, Ill. — Suburb of Chicago
50. Arlington, Va. — Suburb of Washington, D.C.
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