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Brooklyn’s “Opportunity Zones” Among Wealthiest in the U.S.

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A new report from consulting firm Webster Pacific breaks down the growth and concentration of households with an annual income of $200,000 or more in the U.S.’s 8,700 federal opportunity zones, and Brooklyn tops the list in growth.

Brooklyn’s “opportunity zones” are part of a federal designation for low-income communities to attract investment through tax breaks for real estate developers. The program was created in 2017 with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

(courtesy of Webster Pacific)

All totaled, New York accounts for 15 of the top 50 opportunity zones identified in the report. Here’s how the results were calculated:

To answer this, we calculated the growth in the percentage of households earning $200,000 or more in each of the 8,700 Opportunity Zones. (The growth is measured between 2000 and 2017 and is adjusted for inflation. We excluded any tracts that were recently created, tracts whose boundaries were significantly altered, or tracts with fewer than 100 households.

(courtesy of Webster Pacific)

At 22 percent growth, Gowanus experienced the largest gain during 2000 – 2017 of households with an annual income of $200,000 or more out of all 8,700 federal opportunity zones. Williamsburg ranks fourth on the list.

(courtesy of Webster Pacific)

The report’s major findings include that some opportunity zones, such a New York City’s, have already spurred major economic growth prior to the new designation:

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