Opportunity Zones in Alaska

Alaska has 25 designated opportunity zones, including 23 low-income communities, plus 2 non-low-income contiguous tracts.

Urban vs. Rural

Statewide, a small majority (58%) of Alaska’s census tracts are urban. But most (52%) of their opportunity zones are rural.

Urban vs. Rural in Alaska Opportunity Zones

Alaska Opportunity Zones Map

Analysis of Alaska’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 25 43 168
Low-income communities 23 32 55
Contiguous 2 11 13
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $49,840 $54,784 $71,783
Poverty rate 16.75% 14.89% 11.06%
Unemployment rate 13.37% 10.80% 8.79%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $163,217 $194,305 $241,962
Median rent/month $1,009 $1,056 $1,159
Homeownership 50.73% 56.23% 62.98%
Severe rent burden 17.83% 17.95% 17.05%
Vacancy rate 27.77% 30.11% 21.62%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 42.42% 51.46% 60.05%
Black alone 3.49% 4.19% 2.80%
Hispanic 6.81% 6.70% 6.09%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 8.20% 8.32% 6.65%
Younger than 18 24.78% 25.63% 24.33%
Older than 64 9.58% 9.78% 10.11%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 49.14% 42.73% 37.75%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 17.05% 20.19% 26.81%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 4.00% 0.00% 1.19%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 48.00% 60.47% 58.33%
In a micro area 0.00% 4.65% 5.95%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 52.00% 34.88% 35.71%

Data Source: Urban Institute

Alaska Counties & Cities

List of counties in Alaska: Aleutians East, Aleutians West, Anchorage, Bethel, Bristol Bay, Denali, Dillingham, Fairbanks North Star, Haines, Hoonah–Angoon, Juneau, Kenai Peninsula, Ketchikan Gateway, Kodiak Island, Kusilvak, Lake and Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna, Nome, North Slope, Northwest Arctic, Petersburg, Prince of Wales-Hyder, Sitka, Skagway, Southeast Fairbanks, Unorganized, Valdez-Cordova, Wrangell, Yakutat, Yukon-Koyukuk

List of top 150 U.S. cities located in Alaska: Anchorage

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in Alaska

Website: Alaska Division of Economic Development

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
Alaska Aleutians East 02013000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Aleutians West 02016000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Anchorage 02020000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Anchorage 02020000600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Anchorage 02020000702 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Anchorage 02020000703 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Anchorage 02020001000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Anchorage 02020001900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Anchorage 02020002000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Bethel 02050000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Fairbanks North Star 02090000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Fairbanks North Star 02090000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Fairbanks North Star 02090001100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Haines 02100000100 Low-Income Community 2012-2016
Alaska Hoonah-Angoon 02105000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Kenai Peninsula 02122000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Matanuska-Susitna 02170000401 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Matanuska-Susitna 02170000701 Low-Income Community 2012-2016
Alaska Nome 02180000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska North Slope 02185000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Northwest Arctic 02188000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Prince of Wales-Hyder 02198000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Prince of Wales-Hyder 02198940100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Wrangell 02275000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Alaska Yukon-Koyukuk 02290000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015