Created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Opportunity Zones Program is designed to drive long-term capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits on investments in Opportunity Funds. Governors in each state and U.S. territory (and the Mayor of Washington, D.C.) have until March 21, 2018 to designate a number of Low Income Community census tracts that will be eligible to receive private investment through the Opportunity Zones Program over the next decade. Read more about the Opportunity Zones Program.
The Opportunity360 team created the tool below to help states and others interested in opportunity zone eligibility to determine which tracts in their state or region are eligible and how eligible tracts relate to other federal programs and designations. In addition, users can filter tracts using the Opportunity360 Outcome Indices to see how people living in these tracts are faring across our five outcome dimensions.
- Use the filter controls to the right of the Opportunity Zones Map tab to see how many eligible tracts in your state meet the criteria you have selected. Compare this to the official number of tracts that can be designated according to the US Treasury.
- Mouse over a tract on the map to view additional details about the eligibility and a link to an Opportunity360 Measurement Report providing details about the conditions in that tract.
Read more about the methods used to produce these eligibility designations. Download the eligibility data underlying this tool. The tool and data will be updated to reflect any further data or guidance from the CDFI Fund and IRS.
Update 3/12/18: We have updated the map and data to remove the 2016 eligibility of 26 tracts that had been classified as Low-Income Communities based on their status as Low Population Tracts. This was due to our use of an outdated list of empowerment zones in the original analysis.
Update 3/5/18: We have updated the map to reflect additional guidance from the CDFI Fund, specifying that 2016 ACS data can only be used to designate Low-Income Communities and not to designate non-Low-Income Community contiguous tracts. The downloadable data and methodology documents have also been updated accordingly.
Update 3/1/2018: We have corrected an error in this tool and the downloadable dataset that affected the “safe harbor” eligibility of 85 tracts and the maximum number of tracts that can be designated in some states. We apologize for this error.
Update 2/28/2018: Map update to reflect additional guidance from the CDFI Fund.
*As of 2/28/2018, this tool includes tract eligibility for Puerto Rico. However note that due to data limitations, the Opportunity360 filters will not function correctly for Puerto Rico.