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Does North Carolina topping Forbes’ best state for business list give us hope for Amazon’s second headquarters?

Images of Amazon’s campus in Seattle, Washington, in both the downtown and South Lake Union neighborhoods. Photographed from the roof of Amazon’s Port 99 building. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)

The state of North Carolina topped Forbes’ “Best State for Business” list this year after being in the top five spot for the past 13 years. The ranking is based on low business costs (labor, energy and taxes), and North Carolina has finally come in first.

This year, any indicator of a business-friendly location stirs hope in becoming home to the second Amazon headquarters. Although Forbes primarily looks at business cost, it may be a good sign for cities in the Tar Heel state vying for HQ2.

A shortlist was supposed to be announced by Amazon earlier this week, but the company said that because of the number of proposals, the announcement would have to wait until the beginning of next year. Two hundred thirty-eight cities and regions sent proposals from 54 states and providences in North America. Although the New York Times did not consider any city in the Carolinas worthy of HQ2, CNBC decided the entire state of North Carolina was the best fit for Amazon based on its calculations.

Related: What would Charlotte look like with Amazon’s second headquarters?

Amazon announced its second location could provide up to 50,000 jobs, with an average salary of $100,000. The company outlined some basic features a city has to have to be the right fit for the new headquarters but didn’t give many hints on what was the biggest priority. Raleigh-Durham, High Point-Greensboro and Charlotte all have placed bids to become Amazon’s second home.

Watch the video Charlotte made for Amazon below.