Opportunity Zones in Iowa

Iowa has 62 designated opportunity zones, including 61 low-income communities, plus 1 non-low-income contiguous tract.

Urban vs. Rural

Statewide, Iowa has nearly as many rural census tracts as they have urban ones. When selecting their opportunity zones, Iowa gave some preference to their rural areas, as 58 percent of the state’s opportunity zones are rural, compared to 42 percent in urban areas.

Iowa Opportunity Zones Map

 

Analysis of Iowa’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 62 348 825
Low-income communities 61 186 247
Contiguous 1 162 163
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $36,666 $46,624 $54,269
Poverty rate 23.89% 16.82% 13.08%
Unemployment rate 7.41% 5.90% 4.81%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $86,110 $108,533 $127,798
Median rent/month $636 $679 $699
Homeownership 54.50% 66.41% 71.15%
Severe rent burden 21.91% 20.04% 17.81%
Vacancy rate 12.06% 9.94% 9.22%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 76.77% 83.48% 87.33%
Black alone 7.46% 4.95% 3.37%
Hispanic 10.52% 7.01% 5.45%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 2.46% 2.28% 1.84%
Younger than 18 23.52% 22.48% 23.06%
Older than 64 14.96% 15.95% 16.61%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 51.07% 46.28% 42.50%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 17.34% 21.13% 24.69%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 0.00% 0.57% 0.24%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 41.94% 53.16% 52.36%
In a micro area 25.81% 15.52% 18.06%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 32.26% 31.32% 29.58%

Data Source: Urban Institute

Iowa Counties & Cities

List of counties in Iowa: Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Scott, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, Wright

List of top 150 U.S. cities located in Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in Iowa

Website: Iowa Economic Development Authority

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
Iowa Appanoose 19007950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Appanoose 19007950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Benton 19011960300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Black Hawk 19013000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Black Hawk 19013000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Black Hawk 19013001000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Buena Vista 19021960400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Calhoun 19025950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Cass 19029190200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Cass 19029190500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Cerro Gordo 19033950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Cherokee 19035080100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Clinton 19045000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Clinton 19045000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Crawford 19047070400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Dallas 19049050400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Davis 19051080200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Decatur 19053960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Decatur 19053960300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Des Moines 19057000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Des Moines 19057000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Des Moines 19057000400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Dubuque 19061000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Dubuque 19061000500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Emmet 19063070300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Floyd 19067480400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Hamilton 19079960300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Ida 19093090300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Jackson 19097950600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Johnson 19103000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Johnson 19103000302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Johnson 19103001400 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Iowa Johnson 19103001700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Lee 19111490200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Lee 19111490800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Lee 19111490900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Linn 19113001900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Linn 19113002200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Linn 19113002700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Lucas 19117950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Madison 19121060200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Marshall 19127950900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Muscatine 19139050700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Muscatine 19139051000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Page 19145490200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Plymouth 19149970200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Pocahontas 19151780100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Polk 19153001100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Polk 19153002600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Polk 19153011001 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Pottawattamie 19155030900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Pottawattamie 19155031300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Poweshiek 19157370400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Scott 19163010600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Scott 19163010900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Shelby 19165960400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Union 19175190200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Webster 19187000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Woodbury 19193000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Woodbury 19193001500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Woodbury 19193003600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Iowa Worth 19195690100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015

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