Sperling's Best Places, a research firm in Portland, Ore., predicts Atlanta will land Amazon's coveted second headquarters.
"Trust us, it's going to be Atlanta," the firm concludes based on a study of the rankings and lists of 18 other sources, including Moody's, CNBC, CNN, Slate and the New York Times, Frank Witsil of the Detroit Free Press reports. The next two contenders on the list are Boston and Chicago.
The Best Places ranking for Detroit — No. 22 out of 64 — gave it a better chance than dozens of metro areas, including Houston, Charlotte, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando, Indianapolis, Columbus and Newark.
"The fact that it does get mentioned and it is seriously considered is a huge win," Bert Sperling, the founder of Sperling's Best Places, tells the Freep. "This would be unbelievable for Detroit to get something like this, but the fact that it's mentioned as a possibility is pretty huge."
Best Places analyzes data and ranks all sorts of places.