Opportunity Zones in Maine

Maine has 32 designated opportunity zones, including 30 low-income communities, plus 2 non-low-income contiguous tracts.

Urban vs. Rural

Statewide, there are slightly more urban census tracts than there are rural ones. This is reversed for the state’s opportunity zones, as rural opportunity zones hold a slight majority over urban ones.

Urban vs. Rural in Maine Opportunity Zones

Maine Opportunity Zones Map

 

Analysis of Maine’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 32 182 358
Low-income communities 30 98 128
Contiguous 2 84 86
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $37,683 $43,027 $50,734
Poverty rate 20.85% 18.09% 14.55%
Unemployment rate 8.46% 7.43% 6.45%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $125,166 $145,989 $178,313
Median rent/month $700 $732 $799
Homeownership 58.24% 69.25% 71.94%
Severe rent burden 22.31% 21.56% 20.33%
Vacancy rate 20.95% 24.00% 22.39%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 91.59% 92.54% 93.54%
Black alone 1.69% 1.51% 1.17%
Hispanic 2.00% 1.55% 1.48%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 1.19% 0.93% 0.98%
Younger than 18 18.62% 19.13% 19.11%
Older than 64 19.07% 18.37% 18.79%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 47.83% 47.19% 42.42%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 21.72% 22.74% 28.17%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 0.00% 0.55% 0.28%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 46.88% 44.51% 53.35%
In a micro area 6.25% 7.14% 8.66%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 46.88% 48.35% 37.99%

Data Source: Urban Institute

Maine Counties & Cities

List of counties in Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington, York

List of top 150 U.S. cities located in Maine: None

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in Maine

Website: Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
Maine Androscoggin 23001010500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Androscoggin 23001020300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Aroostook 23003950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Aroostook 23003950300 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Maine Aroostook 23003951000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Aroostook 23003951600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Cumberland 23005000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Cumberland 23005002800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Cumberland 23005003000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Cumberland 23005011100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Hancock 23009965503 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Kennebec 23011010300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Kennebec 23011024102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Oxford 23017965500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Oxford 23017965600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Oxford 23017966200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Penobscot 23019000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Penobscot 23019004100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Penobscot 23019007100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Penobscot 23019027000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Penobscot 23019028000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Penobscot 23019030000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Penobscot 23019031000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Piscataquis 23021960301 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Sagadahoc 23023970600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Somerset 23025965900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Somerset 23025966500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Waldo 23027043000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Washington 23029955400 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
Maine Washington 23029955500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine Washington 23029955900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Maine York 23031005200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015

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