Adding another 50,000 workers-and tens of thousands of other people to support them or who are moving with them as family members-would just add to challenges cities are already experiencing.
HQ2 would be "full equal to our current campus in Seattle", the company said.
Well, so much for that.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans to split its HQ2 evenly between two of the biggest metropolitan areas on the East Coast: Crystal City, Virginia (right across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.) and none other than New York City.
New York City and Dallas, Texas have also been mentioned as leading candidates.
The New York Times said the company is close to deals to locate the new facilities in Arlington, Virginia's Crystal City area, a Washington, D.C. suburb, and in the Long Island City section of the New York City borough of Queens.
Today's report comes after a whirlwind of rumored activity on Amazon's HQ2 decision process this weekend.
"Two locations makes a lot of sense". Another will be Long Island City, in the NY borough of Queens, other people said.
Shares of Amazon were up almost 0.7%, to $1,638.50, in afternoon trading on Tuesday.
Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on whether it has made a final selection, and it declined to comment on The Times' reporting. In all, 238 cities, counties and states had submitted bids hoping to woo Amazon during the fall of 2017. Its chief executive, Bezos, has a net worth of about $135 billion and is the richest person in the world, according to Forbes. Collectively, Amazon will still hire a total of 50,000 new employees.
"Not everybody wants to live in the Northwest", Jeff Wilke, the head of Amazon's retail division, said at a conference a year ago.