Opportunity Zones in Colorado

Colorado has 126 designated opportunity zones, including 116 low-income communities, plus 10 non-low-income contiguous tracts.

Urban vs. Rural

Colorado nominated a disproportionately high percentage of rural areas as opportunity zones. Statewide, just 15 percent of their census tracts are rural, but 44 percent of their opportunity zones are rural. This was a discussion point in Episode #7 of the Opportunity Zones Podcast (beginning around the 9:05 mark).

Urban vs. Rural in Colorado Opportunity Zones

Colorado Opportunity Zones Map

 

Analysis of Colorado’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 126 531 1,249
Low-income communities 116 385 501
Contiguous 10 146 156
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $41,138 $49,601 $66,933
Poverty rate 22.04% 17.81% 12.78%
Unemployment rate 8.73% 7.30% 6.23%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $167,448 $217,006 $282,281
Median rent/month $846 $982 $1,163
Homeownership 53.31% 55.76% 65.15%
Severe rent burden 23.79% 24.37% 21.48%
Vacancy rate 13.01% 9.00% 8.72%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 58.94% 61.64% 69.74%
Black alone 4.36% 4.61% 3.57%
Hispanic 31.60% 28.42% 20.91%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 1.66% 2.41% 2.81%
Younger than 18 22.28% 21.58% 22.24%
Older than 64 14.05% 13.48% 13.51%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 45.74% 38.98% 31.45%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 22.08% 29.33% 37.72%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 3.17% 3.95% 4.08%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 55.56% 85.88% 84.79%
In a micro area 15.08% 5.27% 7.53%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 29.37% 8.85% 7.69%

Data Source: Urban Institute

Colorado Counties & Cities

List of counties in Colorado: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Denver, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma

List of top 150 U.S. cities located in Colorado: Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in Colorado

Website: Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
Colorado Adams 08001008100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001008353 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001008606 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001008901 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001009202 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001009321 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001009604 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001009606 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Adams 08001015000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Alamosa 08003960000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Alamosa 08003960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Alamosa 08003960300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005005551 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005005552 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005005700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005005951 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005006000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005006200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005007301 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005007302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Arapahoe 08005081100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Archuleta 08007974400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Baca 08009964700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Bent 08011966700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Boulder 08013012203 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Boulder 08013013302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Boulder 08013013401 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Boulder 08013060800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Chaffee 08015000401 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Colorado Chaffee 08015000402 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Cheyenne 08017960600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Clear Creek 08019014800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Costilla 08023972600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Crowley 08025969600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Delta 08029964600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Delta 08029964800 Low-Income Community 2012-2016
Colorado Delta 08029965100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031000702 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031000800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031003500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031003602 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031004101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031004102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031004403 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031004404 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031004505 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Denver 08031008312 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Dolores 08033000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Eagle 08037000503 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041000302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041002000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041002200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041002300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041004008 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041004501 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041005000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado El Paso 08041006302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Fremont 08043978200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Fremont 08043978300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Fremont 08043978800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Garfield 08045951600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Garfield 08045951702 Low-Income Community 2012-2016
Colorado Garfield 08045951901 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Gunnison 08051963700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Huerfano 08055960600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Jefferson 08059009831 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Jefferson 08059010100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Jefferson 08059010402 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Jefferson 08059010902 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Jefferson 08059011550 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Kit Carson 08063962100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Lake 08065961900 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Colorado La Plata 08067940400 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Colorado La Plata 08067971100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Larimer 08069001305 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Larimer 08069001306 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Larimer 08069002007 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Larimer 08069002802 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Las Animas 08071000200 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Colorado Las Animas 08071000500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Las Animas 08071000800 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Colorado Lincoln 08073961700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Logan 08075966100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Logan 08075966300 Low-Income Community 2012-2016
Colorado Logan 08075966400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Mesa 08077000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Mesa 08077000400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Mesa 08077000500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Mesa 08077000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Mesa 08077000800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Mesa 08077000900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Mesa 08077001800 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Colorado Moffat 08081000400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Montezuma 08083941100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Montrose 08085966100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Montrose 08085966202 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Montrose 08085966300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Montrose 08085966503 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Morgan 08087000500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Morgan 08087000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Otero 08089968300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Otero 08089968600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Phillips 08095967600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Prowers 08099000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Prowers 08099000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Prowers 08099000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101001400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101001900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101002000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101002300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101002600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101002901 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101003103 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101003106 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Pueblo 08101003500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Rio Blanco 08103951100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Rio Grande 08105976700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Saguache 08109977700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado San Juan 08111972600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado San Miguel 08113968200 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Colorado Washington 08121924200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Weld 08123000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Weld 08123001004 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Weld 08123001902 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Weld 08123002004 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Colorado Yuma 08125963100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015