Revealed: The 20 cities Amazon has shortlisted for its new HQ2

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In Amazon's X-Factor-style competition for choosing a city for its new headquarters, HQ2, the tech giant has narrowed it down to a 20-strong shortlist from more than 200 entries.

Here they are:

- Atlanta, GA

- Austin, TX

- Boston, MA

- Chicago, IL

- Columbus, OH

- Dallas, TX

- Denver, CO

- Indianapolis, IN

- Los Angeles, CA

- Miami, FL

- Montgomery County, MD

- Nashville, TN

- Newark, NJ

- New York City, NY

- Northern Virginia, VA

- Philadelphia, PA

- Pittsburgh, PA

- Raleigh, NC

- Toronto, ON

- Washington D.C.

They are vying for the $5bn project in the hope that it will bring jobs and other economic benefits. Amazon has said it could create as many as 50,000 high-paying positions.

Some cities have attempted to woo Amazon publicly. In Birmingham, Alabama, giant Amazon delivery boxes were dotted across the city in a bid to tempt it to choose the location, while Tucson Arizona sent a 21 foot tall cactus to Amazon's current headquarters in Seattle.

Neither made the shortlist.