Opportunity Zones in West Virginia

West Virginia has 55 designated opportunity zones, including 52 low-income communities, plus 3 non-low-income contiguous tracts.

Urban vs. Rural

Statewide, a small majority of West Virginia’s census tracts (60 percent) are located in urban areas. Among the state’s 55 opportunity zones, 55 percent are urban, and 45 percent are rural.

Urban vs. Rural in West Virginia Opportunity Zones

West Virginia Opportunity Zones Map

 

Analysis of West Virginia’s Opportunity Zones

Characteristics Designated Opportunity Zones Eligible, nondesignated All state tracts
Descriptives (N)
Total number of tracts 55 330 484
Low-income communities 52 168 220
Contiguous 3 162 165
Economic (average or average %)
Median household income $35,255 $39,577 $42,611
Poverty rate 27.11% 20.43% 19.33%
Unemployment rate 9.33% 8.61% 8.04%
Housing (average or average %)
Median home value $111,841 $98,136 $109,303
Median rent/month $670 $632 $653
Homeownership 56.23% 72.05% 71.33%
Severe rent burden 23.68% 18.89% 19.04%
Vacancy rate 16.77% 17.93% 16.36%
Demographic (average %)
White alone 86.26% 92.52% 92.11%
Black alone 6.87% 3.80% 3.79%
Hispanic 2.13% 1.18% 1.33%
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders alone 1.31% 0.56% 0.73%
Younger than 18 19.07% 20.33% 20.23%
Older than 64 17.53% 18.02% 18.11%
Education (average %)
Age 25+ with high school degree or less 55.46% 58.64% 55.33%
Age 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher 19.57% 16.82% 19.45%
Socioeconomic change flag (%) 0.00% 0.00% 0.21%
Geography (%)
In a metro area 54.55% 57.88% 59.92%
In a micro area 16.36% 16.97% 17.36%
Non-core-based statistical area (not in a metro nor micro area) 29.09% 25.15% 22.73%

Data Source: Urban Institute

West Virginia Counties & Cities

List of counties in West Virginia: Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming

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

Census tracts designated as opportunity zones in West Virginia

Website: West Virginia Department of Commerce

State County Census Tract Number Tract Type ACS Data Source
West Virginia Berkeley 54003971500 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Berkeley 54003971600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Berkeley 54003971700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Boone 54005958300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Cabell 54011000600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Cabell 54011010900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Greenbrier 54025950100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Greenbrier 54025950700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Hampshire 54027968200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Hancock 54029021300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Harrison 54033030100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Jackson 54035963300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Jackson 54035963400 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
West Virginia Jefferson 54037972300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Jefferson 54037972401 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Jefferson 54037972402 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Jefferson 54037972505 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Jefferson 54037972506 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Jefferson 54037972800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Kanawha 54039000800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Kanawha 54039000900 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Kanawha 54039001200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Kanawha 54039001700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Kanawha 54039013000 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Kanawha 54039013100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Marion 54049020100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Marion 54049020700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Marshall 54051020200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Mason 54053955102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Mercer 54055001300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Mercer 54055002300 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Mercer 54055002400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Mingo 54059957400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Mingo 54059957700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Monongalia 54061010102 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Monongalia 54061010201 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Monongalia 54061010600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Monroe 54063950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Morgan 54065970800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Nicholas 54067950100 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
West Virginia Nicholas 54067950200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Ohio 54069002700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Raleigh 54081000200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Raleigh 54081000400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Randolph 54083966100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Summers 54089000700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Taylor 54091964600 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Tyler 54095961800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Upshur 54097966700 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Upshur 54097966800 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Wayne 54099005200 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Wetzel 54103030400 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Wood 54107000701 Low-Income Community 2011-2015
West Virginia Wood 54107011000 Non-LIC Contiguous 2011-2015
West Virginia Wyoming 54109003100 Low-Income Community 2011-2015

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