Since Amazon first announced, two months ago, that they would be seeking a site for their state-of-the art “co-headquarters”, applications from metropolitan areas have flooded the internet giant’s in box and speculation has run rampant. And Raleigh may have a shot at landing this coveted contract. The team at Sperling’s BestPlaces recent conducted what they’re calling a “super study” of the potential Amazon homes, studying Amazon’s key factors which included: a metro population of more than one million, a major airport, stable business climate, robust mass transit, highly educated labor pool, low cost of living, and a high quality of life. As a result, the speculated leader for the contract: Atlanta. But, do not lose hope. Of the 64 highest ranking locations mentioned as a possible location for HQ2, Raleigh finished tenth. While this continues to be speculation, industry researchers and pundits believe Raleigh, although not the leader, is in the running. Stay tuned.