Such a move could also reduce the risk that Amazon's infusion of tens of thousands of workers into a city would have disruptive effects on housing, transportation or other urban issues.
And now it ends up Amazon may decide on creating an HQ2 and HQ3.
Amazon previous year announced plans to invest US$5 billion in a second headquarters and hire up to 50,000 people. The company fueled excitement in its plans by inviting cities to pitch themselves as sites for the development.
The pivot to two additional headquarters is reportedly driven by Amazon's insatiable appetite for tech talent. There are 20 cities in the running for HQ2, though officials in many of them say they haven't heard from Amazon in months.More news: Spice Girls Reunion Tour Finally Happening without Victoria Beckham
"You could look to Seattle and see that it's had great positive consequences, but it also probably has had some unintended ones that maybe aren't as well received", SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc. real-estate analyst Michael Lewis said.
With just weeks left until its self-imposed deadline of year-end, Amazon is close to selecting two different cities for additional North American headquarters.
Over the weekend, The Washington Post - which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos - reported that the Seattle-based Internet giant was in "advanced talks" about locating the new offices in Crystal City, Va.
Many reporters quickly reacted on Twitter to the Journal story, with some joking about naming conventions.