What would Boston look like if Amazon’s 50,000-job HQ came here?

If Amazon were to pick the Boston area as the home for its second headquarters, what would that look like?

The effect, experts say, would be dramatic.


It could be akin to building a whole new city in Greater Boston — one that is quite large (about as many residents as Cambridge) and well-compensated.

Call it Amazonborough.

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“It would be a major transformation,” said Barry Bluestone, a professor of public policy at Northeastern University and senior fellow at the Boston Foundation. “We’re talking about something that’s totally out of scale [from] anything we’ve ever seen.”

The company says it is looking for a metropolitan area in North America to build a second headquarters where it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees.

Of course, Amazon wouldn’t plop down that many workers overnight. It has said it plans to start off much smaller and expand over the course of about 10 to 15 years.


And the company describes 50,000 workers as a maximum number; it’s possible fewer would end up being hired. The company puts the total for its existing Seattle headquarters at 40,000-plus.

But if it were to hit the 50,000-worker mark, or something fairly close, that would be more full-time workers than currently employed by any company in Massachusetts and nearly 63 times the number of employees General Electric plans to house — about 800 by 2024 — at its much-discussed new headquarters in Boston.

How would all those jobs get filled? No matter how you slice it,…

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