Most of the short-list finalists, narrowed down from an applicant pool of 238, were thought to be major contenders from the start, according to CNBC, though a few dark horse cities made the cut.
"It's a long list, for a shortlist", said Jed Kolko, chief economist at job site Indeed.
"The ones that we thought had the greatest chance are all on the list", said Eric Simonson, a managing partner at Everest Group, a consulting and research firm, pointing to finalists such as Atlanta, Boston and Chicago. "It would bring a lot of jobs to town, I'm a little bit anxious about the new condos and employees moving to town and making the traffic a little bit worse, but otherwise I think it would be great", said Kristen Meade. "And hopefully we make it to the finals".
She said it could bring big things to the area. "This is too important to the region and I wasn't going to sit it out", said Patterson.
"If Newark got it, it would be good for New Jersey on a whole, but Philadelphia would be particularly good for us", Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said following the Thursday announcement.
Former Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher said at the time that Somerville had just as much to offer the Seattle-based conglomerate as did Newark.
"Amazon is that company thinking to the future", said Bodich.
There is a potential that workers from northeast IN would move for jobs IN Indianapolis, but that's true any day, Sampson said.
"I think its super exciting considering Amazon bought Whole Foods, and Whole Foods is from Austin, so I think that's super cool keeping it in the family, keeping it in the city", said Acurso.
Among the long shots, Paddy Power listed a tie at 20-to-1 odds for nearly half the field, comprised of Columbus, Los Angeles, Nashville, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Dallas, Northern Virginia, and Miami.
Upstate Alliance CEO John Lummus said despite Amazon's choice to look elsewhere for its headquarters, the region stands to benefit if it does come to a nearby city. He said everyone involved is incredibly proud of the proposal submitted.
You can't count on amazon creating 50,000 high-paying jobs in Louisiana.