Opportunity Zones in Kentucky

Kentucky has 144 designated opportunity zones, including 139 low-income communities, plus 5 non-low-income contiguous tracts.

Urban vs. Rural

Kentucky gave preference to their rural communities when they nominated their opportunity zones. Statewide, just 43 percent of Kentucky’s census tracts are rural, but rural tracts make up 64 percent of the state’s opportunity zones.

Kentucky Opportunity Zones Map

 

Website: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Analysis of Kentucky’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 144 624 1,115
Low-income communities 139 434 573
Contiguous 5 190 195
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $30,427 $38,235 $46,398
Poverty rate 32.25% 23.47% 20.11%
Unemployment rate 11.55% 9.39% 8.35%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $91,035 $100,445 $127,744
Median rent/month $584 $645 $708
Homeownership 55.94% 64.73% 66.84%
Severe rent burden 23.17% 20.00% 19.11%
Vacancy rate 16.32% 14.08% 12.33%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 80.14% 84.69% 85.10%
Black alone 13.93% 8.82% 8.34%
Hispanic 2.96% 3.44% 3.26%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 0.70% 0.92% 1.18%
Younger than 18 22.16% 22.76% 22.67%
Older than 64 14.62% 14.92% 14.94%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 58.13% 56.53% 49.92%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 14.64% 15.93% 21.76%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 0.00% 0.48% 0.90%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 36.11% 47.44% 56.59%
In a micro area 22.92% 20.19% 18.83%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 40.97% 32.37% 24.57%

Data Source: Urban Institute

Kentucky Counties & Cities

List of counties in Kentucky: Adair, Allen, Anderson, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Green, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Meade, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, Wolfe, Woodford

List of top 150 U.S. cities located in Kentucky: Louisville, Lexington

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in Kentucky

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
Kentucky Adair 21001970500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Ballard 21007950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Ballard 21007950300 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Kentucky Barren 21009950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Bath 21011970200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Bell 21013960600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Boone 21015070311 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Boyd 21019030200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Boyd 21019031001 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Boyle 21021930300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Bracken 21023950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Breathitt 21025920100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Breathitt 21025920300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Breathitt 21025920500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Breathitt 21025920600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Bullitt 21029020701 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Bullitt 21029020800 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Kentucky Butler 21031930300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Calloway 21035010400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Campbell 21037050500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Carlisle 21039960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Carroll 21041950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Carter 21043960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Casey 21045950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Christian 21047200300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Clark 21049020106 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Clay 21051950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Clay 21051950400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Clinton 21053970202 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Cumberland 21057950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Daviess 21059000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Daviess 21059000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Edmonson 21061980100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Estill 21065920200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Estill 21065920300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fayette 21067000101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fayette 21067000102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fayette 21067000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fayette 21067000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fayette 21067000900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fayette 21067001100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fayette 21067001300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fleming 21069920100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Floyd 21071920100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Franklin 21073071200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Fulton 21075960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Gallatin 21077960101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Grant 21081920300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Graves 21083020100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Green 21087930200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Greenup 21089040501 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Kentucky Greenup 21089040502 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Harlan 21095970100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Hart 21099970400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Henderson 21101020602 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Hopkins 21107971100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jackson 21109960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111000600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111001500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111001800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111002300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111002400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111002700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111002800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111003000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111003500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111003700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111004900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111005000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111005100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111005300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111005900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111006200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111006500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jefferson 21111007100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Jessamine 21113060504 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Johnson 21115960400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Kenton 21117060700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Kenton 21117060900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Kenton 21117063800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Kenton 21117067000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Kenton 21117067100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Knott 21119960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Knox 21121930500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Larue 21123960102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Leslie 21131920100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Letcher 21133950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Lewis 21135930300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Lincoln 21137920101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Lincoln 21137920103 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Logan 21141960500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky McCracken 21145030300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky McCracken 21145030400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky McCreary 21147960300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Madison 21151010701 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Madison 21151010800 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Kentucky Madison 21151010903 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Magoffin 21153970100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Magoffin 21153970200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Magoffin 21153970400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Martin 21159950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Martin 21159950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Mason 21161960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Menifee 21165960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Metcalfe 21169960300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Montgomery 21173920200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Montgomery 21173920302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Montgomery 21173920400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Montgomery 21173920500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Morgan 21175950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Muhlenberg 21177960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Muhlenberg 21177960400 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Kentucky Nicholas 21181960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Ohio 21183920300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Ohio 21183920500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Owen 21187970200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Owsley 21189930100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Perry 21193970500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Perry 21193970600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Perry 21193971000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pike 21195930100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pike 21195930300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pike 21195930400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pike 21195930500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pike 21195931100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pike 21195931800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pike 21195931900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Powell 21197970200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pulaski 21199930100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Pulaski 21199931102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Robertson 21201970100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Rowan 21205950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Russell 21207960102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Simpson 21213970400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Taylor 21217920500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Todd 21219950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Union 21225950201 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Warren 21227010200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Wayne 21231920400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Webster 21233960400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Whitley 21235920500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Whitley 21235920600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Kentucky Wolfe 21237930200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015

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