Opportunity Zones in Montana

Montana has 25 designated opportunity zones, all of which are low-income communities. Montana did not designate any eligible non-low-income contiguous tracts as opportunity zones.

Urban vs. Rural

Montana is a highly rural state: statewide, more than two-thirds of Montana’s census tracts are located in rural areas. An even greater percentage (84 percent) of the state’s opportunity zones are rural.

Urban vs. Rural in Montana Opportunity Zones

Montana Opportunity Zones Map

 

Website: Montana Department of Commerce

Analysis of Montana’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 25 137 271
Low-income communities 25 65 90
Contiguous 0 72 72
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $35,185 $44,269 $48,852
Poverty rate 26.25% 18.26% 15.65%
Unemployment rate 8.82% 6.26% 5.73%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $140,880 $182,187 $195,440
Median rent/month $604 $696 $725
Homeownership 54.25% 64.58% 67.71%
Severe rent burden 19.61% 17.42% 17.39%
Vacancy rate 20.34% 17.63% 17.28%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 71.07% 84.18% 86.18%
Black alone 0.34% 0.46% 0.37%
Hispanic 3.46% 3.69% 3.37%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 0.74% 0.69% 0.68%
Younger than 18 23.01% 20.96% 21.58%
Older than 64 15.67% 17.38% 17.47%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 44.68% 38.73% 38.23%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 22.63% 27.42% 28.29%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 0.00% 0.73% 0.37%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 16.00% 27.74% 29.52%
In a micro area 16.00% 24.09% 24.35%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 68.00% 48.18% 46.13%

Data Source: Urban Institute

Montana Counties & Cities

List of counties in Montana: Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Deer Lodge, Fallon, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Garfield, Glacier, Golden Valley, Granite, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, Lincoln, McCone, Madison, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Musselshell, Park, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sanders, Sheridan, Silver Bow, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, Yellowstone

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

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in Montana

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
Montana Big Horn 30003940600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Blaine 30005940100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Carbon 30009000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Cascade 30013010800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Custer 30017962000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Deer Lodge 30023000300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Fergus 30027030200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Flathead 30029001100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Gallatin 30031001102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Glacier 30035940400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Hill 30041940300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Lewis and Clark 30049000800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Lincoln 30053000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Meagher 30059000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Mineral 30061964600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Missoula 30063000201 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Ravalli 30081000600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Roosevelt 30085940002 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Rosebud 30087940400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Sanders 30089000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Sanders 30089940300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Silver Bow 30093000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Toole 30101000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Wheatland 30107000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
Montana Yellowstone 30111000402 Low-Income Community 2011-2015