Opportunity Zones in North Dakota

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

Urban vs. Rural

North Dakota is highly rural. Statewide, 62 percent of their census tracts are located in rural areas. But unlike most states, North Dakota nominated a higher ratio of urban areas as opportunity zones, concentrating many of their zones in Bismarck and Fargo. As a result, 52 percent of their opportunity zones are located in urban areas.

Urban vs. Rural in North Dakota Opportunity Zones

North Dakota Opportunity Zones Map

 

Analysis of North Dakota’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 25 59 205
Low-income communities 25 25 50
Contiguous 0 33 33
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $39,253 $51,396 $59,534
Poverty rate 23.96% 13.15% 11.62%
Unemployment rate 5.27% 3.45% 2.93%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $101,225 $122,054 $148,863
Median rent/month $578 $649 $703
Homeownership 48.27% 64.73% 67.42%
Severe rent burden 17.55% 13.67% 13.46%
Vacancy rate 12.27% 15.11% 14.08%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 69.72% 86.97% 86.88%
Black alone 2.93% 1.58% 1.59%
Hispanic 3.20% 3.32% 3.06%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 0.99% 1.36% 0.96%
Younger than 18 22.33% 21.38% 22.54%
Older than 64 13.74% 17.88% 16.13%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 43.49% 38.61% 37.59%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 23.11% 24.92% 25.89%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 4.00% 0.00% 0.49%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 52.00% 42.37% 38.05%
In a micro area 8.00% 8.47% 20.98%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 40.00% 49.15% 40.98%

Data Source: Urban Institute

North Dakota Counties & Cities

List of counties in North Dakota: Adams, Barnes, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells, Williams

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

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in North Dakota

Website: North Dakota Department of Commerce

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
North Dakota Barnes 38003968200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Benson 38005940100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Burleigh 38015010100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Burleigh 38015010200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Burleigh 38015010800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Cass 38017000501 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Cass 38017000502 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Cass 38017000600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Cass 38017000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Cass 38017010107 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Dickey 38021973400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Emmons 38029966500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Grand Forks 38035010100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Grand Forks 38035010200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Grand Forks 38035010600 Low-Income Community 2012-2016
North Dakota McKenzie 38053940100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Morton 38059020500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Rolette 38079941800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Rolette 38079951600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Rolette 38079951700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Sioux 38085940900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Stutsman 38093967800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Walsh 38099958000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
North Dakota Ward 38101010100 Low-Income Community 2012-2016
North Dakota Wells 38103959800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015

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