Opportunity Zones in North Carolina

North Carolina has 252 designated opportunity zones, including 241 low-income communities, plus 11 non-low-income contiguous tracts.

Urban vs. Rural

Only one-quarter of North Carolina’s census tracts statewide are rural, but one-third of their opportunity zones are located in rural areas.

Urban vs. Rural in North Carolina Opportunity Zones

North Carolina Opportunity Zones Map

 

Analysis of North Carolina’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 252 1,162 2,195
Low-income communities 241 766 1,007
Contiguous 11 396 407
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $33,203 $41,291 $51,268
Poverty rate 29.30% 21.36% 17.76%
Unemployment rate 12.97% 9.78% 8.79%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $116,659 $136,216 $170,646
Median rent/month $690 $759 $843
Homeownership 51.49% 60.16% 64.12%
Severe rent burden 24.92% 22.49% 20.95%
Vacancy rate 15.26% 14.61% 13.68%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 47.32% 60.06% 64.27%
Black alone 36.93% 24.31% 21.42%
Hispanic 10.33% 10.16% 8.59%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 1.47% 1.87% 2.42%
Younger than 18 23.47% 22.25% 22.33%
Older than 64 14.70% 14.96% 15.34%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 52.89% 46.68% 40.67%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 16.48% 21.76% 28.59%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 1.59% 2.15% 2.55%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 67.46% 70.05% 75.85%
In a micro area 20.63% 20.83% 17.36%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 11.90% 9.12% 6.79%

Data Source: Urban Institute

North Carolina Counties & Cities

List of counties in North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Graham, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Martin, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Watauga, Wayne, Wilkes, Wilson, Yadkin, Yancey

List of top 150 U.S. cities located in North Carolina: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in North Carolina

Website: North Carolina Department of Commerce

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
North Carolina Alamance 37001020300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Alamance 37001020801 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Alamance 37001021000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Alamance 37001021201 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Alexander 37003040400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Alleghany 37005950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Anson 37007920500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Ashe 37009970400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Avery 37011930302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Beaufort 37013930400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Bertie 37015960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Bladen 37017950400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Brunswick 37019020101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Brunswick 37019020104 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Brunswick 37019020602 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Buncombe 37021000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Buncombe 37021000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Buncombe 37021000900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Buncombe 37021001400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Buncombe 37021002000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Burke 37023020301 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Burke 37023021100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Burke 37023021400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cabarrus 37025041000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cabarrus 37025041902 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cabarrus 37025042300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Caldwell 37027030100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Caldwell 37027030300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Caldwell 37027030800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Caldwell 37027031100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Camden 37029950102 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Carteret 37031970304 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Carteret 37031970501 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Caswell 37033930300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Catawba 37035010900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Catawba 37035011300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Chatham 37037020300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Chatham 37037020600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Chatham 37037020702 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Cherokee 37039930200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Chowan 37041930200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Clay 37043950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cleveland 37045950500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cleveland 37045951000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Columbus 37047930600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Columbus 37047930900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Columbus 37047931200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Craven 37049960900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051000500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051000702 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051000800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051001000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051001100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051001604 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051003203 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Cumberland 37051003800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Currituck 37053110302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Dare 37055970501 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Davidson 37057060700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Davidson 37057061400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Davie 37059080500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Duplin 37061090300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Duplin 37061090702 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Durham 37063001001 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Durham 37063001100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Durham 37063001304 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Durham 37063001400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Durham 37063001502 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Durham 37063002016 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Durham 37063002300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Edgecombe 37065020200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Edgecombe 37065020400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Edgecombe 37065020900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Edgecombe 37065021000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Edgecombe 37065021300 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067000301 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067000302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067000801 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067000802 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067001400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067001602 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067001700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Forsyth 37067003313 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Franklin 37069060600 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Franklin 37069060802 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071030601 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071031302 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071031401 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071031500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071031600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071031900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071032000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071032200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gaston 37071033400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Gates 37073970200 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Graham 37075920300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Granville 37077970300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Greene 37079950101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081010200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081010300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081010800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081011000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081011101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081011102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081011200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081011300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081011400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081012803 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081013800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Guilford 37081014300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Halifax 37083930400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Halifax 37083930900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Harnett 37085070100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Harnett 37085070200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Harnett 37085070801 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Haywood 37087920300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Henderson 37089931000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Hertford 37091950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Hoke 37093970300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Hyde 37095920100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Iredell 37097060100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Iredell 37097060200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Iredell 37097061301 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Jackson 37099950600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Johnston 37101040301 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Johnston 37101040400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Johnston 37101040901 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Johnston 37101041001 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Jones 37103920100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Lee 37105030200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Lenoir 37107010100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Lenoir 37107010800 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Lenoir 37107010900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Lincoln 37109070800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Macon 37113970301 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Madison 37115010200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Martin 37117970200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina McDowell 37111970500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina McDowell 37111970700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119001606 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119001607 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119001702 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119003902 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119003903 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119004000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119004100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119004200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119004500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119004600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119004700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119004800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119005100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119005200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119005301 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119005305 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mecklenburg 37119005306 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Mitchell 37121950300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Montgomery 37123960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Moore 37125950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Nash 37127010400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Nash 37127011500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina New Hanover 37129011000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina New Hanover 37129011100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina New Hanover 37129011200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina New Hanover 37129011903 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Northampton 37131920401 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Onslow 37133001101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Onslow 37133002600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Orange 37135011400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pamlico 37137950102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pasquotank 37139960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pasquotank 37139960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pender 37141920601 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pender 37141920602 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Perquimans 37143920201 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Person 37145920100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Person 37145920200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pitt 37147000701 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pitt 37147000702 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pitt 37147000800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pitt 37147000900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Pitt 37147001800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Polk 37149920200 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Randolph 37151031000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Randolph 37151031200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Randolph 37151031400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Richmond 37153970300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Richmond 37153971100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Robeson 37155960101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Robeson 37155960102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Robeson 37155960201 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Robeson 37155960401 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Robeson 37155960502 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Robeson 37155960600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Robeson 37155960801 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rockingham 37157040200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rockingham 37157040900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rockingham 37157041300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rowan 37159050201 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rowan 37159050202 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rowan 37159050800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rowan 37159051700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rowan 37159052000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rutherford 37161960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rutherford 37161960900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Rutherford 37161961101 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Sampson 37163970100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Sampson 37163970600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Scotland 37165010400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Stanly 37167931000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Stokes 37169070501 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Surry 37171930400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Surry 37171930600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Surry 37171931002 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Swain 37173960200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Transylvania 37175960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Tyrrell 37177960100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Union 37179020601 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Union 37179020602 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Vance 37181960500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183050900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183052407 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183052704 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183052706 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183052803 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183052807 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183053009 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183053519 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183054008 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183054018 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183054108 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183054112 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wake 37183054500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Warren 37185950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Washington 37187950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Watauga 37189920601 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wayne 37191000901 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wayne 37191001500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wayne 37191001800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wayne 37191001900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wilkes 37193960600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wilkes 37193961001 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Wilkes 37193961100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wilson 37195000100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wilson 37195000801 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Wilson 37195001100 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
North Carolina Yadkin 37197050501 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Carolina Yancey 37199960300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015