For the second year in a row, Google says it's growing faster outside the Bay Area than in the Bay Area.
In a blog post today attributed to CEO Sundar Pichai, the company plans to invest $ 13 billion in data centers and US offices next year. These include investing in new data centers and expanding the presence of existing offices. With these investments, Pichai says Google will now have a data center in 24 states and 14 states.
"These new investments will give us the opportunity to hire tens of thousands of employees and create jobs to enable more than 10,000 new jobs in construction," Pichai wrote.
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Here's the breakdown of where the company will spend its money next year:
- New data centers in Ohio, Nebraska and Nevada.
- The expansion of existing data centers in Oklahoma and South Carolina.
- A new office and data center in Texas (though it's unclear where the country will go exactly ̵
- A new office and data center in Virginia and a new office in Georgia. With these additions, Google says the workforce in both countries will double.
- Expansion of offices in Wisconsin, Chicago, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and Los Angeles. In some cases, Google will move teams into larger offices in the coming years, for example, by setting up the Hudson Square campus in New York.
Google also mentioned that it opened its first office in Detroit, Michigan, in November, although it has not said how many employees will hire there in 2019.
It is not clear how many employees of these new and existing offices are full-time employees and how many are contractors. In December, Google employed 98,771 people based on its 10K form.
The company's increased investment in other offices continues as the cost of living in the Bay Area continues to grow faster than in other countries in the country. However, Mountain View headquarters remains the largest campus. From its other offices in the US, Google describes its offices in Massachusetts, Washington, and New York as key engineering hubs. Google's Chicago office was originally founded as a sales hub, but now also houses product and development staff, according to the Chicago Tribune. The new Detroit space is primarily a sales office.
VentureBeat has contacted Google to get more information on how many people it will hire in its new offices, and will update that story when we hear it.