Designated Census Tracts

December 2013

The Department of Finance has prepared a file, linked above, that contains a listing of the designated and excluded census tracts pursuant to Section 13073.5. of the Government Code. 

Designated census tracts have the highest civilian unemployment and poverty rates and are within the top 25 percent of all census tracts within the state.  Excluded census tracts are those within the lowest quartile of the distribution of civilian unemployment and poverty rates.  Census tracts that did not have the highest or lowest civilian unemployment and poverty rates were not included on this listing. 

Qualifying areas for the Governor’s 2013 Economic Development Initiative - New Employment Credit include designated census tracts and economic development areas.  Economic development areas are comprised of former Enterprise Zones excluding any census tract that is identified by the Department of Finance as a census tract within the lowest quartile of the distribution of civilian unemployment and poverty rates, and Local Agency Military Base Recovery Areas (LAMBRAs).  The former Enterprise Zones and LAMBRAs were determined by the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Resources for the Governor’s 2013 Economic Development Initiative - New Employment Credit are available at:

This online tool will allow taxpayers to enter an address (or latitude and longitude coordinates) and determine if the location is in a qualifying area.  Please note the maps were developed for guidance and are not official documentation of program eligibility. 

Governor Brown
Finance Director Michael Cohen
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