Amazon to build new headquarters in Northern Virginia


Krutika Joshi, In-Depth Editor

On Tuesday Nov. 13, Amazon officially announced their decision to build new headquarters in Crystal City, Arlington. The establishment will reshape the area and bring in some 25,000 jobs.

Fourteen months ago, Amazon announced that they would be accepting bids from North American cities to build a second headquarters. The choice of Crystal City, a relatively declining community, was obvious to Amazon due to its close proximity to Washington D.C., many vacant properties and it being a few minutes away from Reagan National Airport. Amazon has renamed this area around Crystal City, Pentagon City and Alexandria, calling it the “National Landing”.

This development will heavily urbanize this area, especially due to the many jobs it will bring in. Amazon anticipates hiring 400 people in 2019 and 1,180 in 2020. By 2030, they predict a minimum of 25,000 existing jobs with an average salary of $150,000. This number could potentially increase to 37,850 by 2024.

The state and county will invest a substantial amount of money to make this establishment possible and successful. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) and Arlington officials will give $573 million to Amazon, along with $223 million towards improvements in transportation.

Amazon also announced their location for the other new headquarters in Queens, New York. Another 25,000 jobs are expected to be created there as well.