HUBZone Map

 Is Your Company Located in a HUBZone?

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HUBZone qualification is generally determined by income levels, unemployment rates,
Difficult Development Area status, base closure status, and/or Indian Land status.

Data that determine whether an area qualifies for HUBZone status include
income and unemployment information from a variety of sources. 

Most qualified areas are determined by county (in non-metropolitan areas)
or census tract (usually in metropolitan areas). 


HUBZone Map Qualification Data Comes from a Variety of Sources
Census Tracts Housing & Urban Development (HUD) adjusted every 5 years
Non-Metropolitan Counties

Bureau of Labor Statistics (employment)
Census Bureau (income)
HUD (Difficult Development Areas)
adjusted annually

Indian Land Bureau of Indian Affairs adjusted as necessary
Base Closure Areas Defense adjusted as necessary
Since multiple agencies are responsible for providing updated information concerning the HUBZone Map, updates are often performed multiple times per year.  This is particularly the case with non-metropolitan county HUBZones, which have three types of qualification data generated by three different agencies.  The Small Business Administration is responsible for consolidating the information and maintaining the accuracy of the HUBZone Map.




As of August 2015,
of the 3,234 counties in the United States and its territories:

• 1,207 are metropolitan counties that are not HUBZone-qualified
but many of them contain individual census tracts that are qualified.

• 1,260 are non-metropolitan counties that are not HUBZone-qualified.

• 516 are non-metropolitan counties that are HUBZone-qualified.

• 251 are non-metropolitan counties that are redesignated HUBZones
that will expire within the next few years.

Redesignated Non-Metro Counties
Expired October 1, 2015:  35 counties
AL Chambers, Clay & Marion
AR Arkansas
AZ Graham
IA Henry
IL Brown
IN Crawford & Noble
KY Carroll, Estill & Metcalfe
LA Allen & St Landry
MI Hillsdale, Houghton & Lenawee
MO Monroe
MT Garfield, Musselshell, Pondera & Wilbaux
NC Cleveland & Wilkes
NE Boyd
NM Catron
OR Wheeler
PA Forest
SD Clay & Moody
TN Maury
TX Kenedy
WI Ashland
WV Gilmer & Tucker
Expired January 1, 2016:  17 counties
AK Bristol Bay
AL Pike
CO Jackson & Washington
GA Webster
KS Cheyenne & Norton
NC Alleghany & Hertford
ND Adams
NE Loup
NM De Baca
SD McPherson & Perkins
TX Duval
UT Daggett
WV Summers
Expiring July 1, 2016:  17 counties 
CO Lake
FL Dixie
GA Cook & Quitman
ID Lincoln
KS Montgomery
LA Assumption
MS Pike & Tishomingo
NC McDowell & Montgomery
NE Richardson
SD Marshall & Roberts
VA Wythe
WI Rusk
WV Jackson
Expiring January 1, 2017:  13 counties 
FL Calhoun
IA Wayne
KY Casey & Rockcastle
MO Ripley & Wayne
MT Carter
NE Garden & Sheridan
OK Tillman
TX Dimmit, Falls & McMullen

Census Tracts

As of August 2015,
of the 73,793 census tracts in the
United States and its territories:

57,708 are not HUBZone-qualified.

• 13,795 are HUBZone-qualified.

• 971 are redesignated HUBZones
that expired on October 1, 2015.

• 1,319 are redesignated HUBZones
that will expire on January 1, 2018.

What is a Qualified Census Tract (QCT)?

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designates Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) for purposes of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The LIHTC program is defined in Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The LIHTC is a tax incentive intended to increase the availability of affordable rental housing.

The LIHTC statute provides two criteria for QCT eligibility. A census tract must have either:

  1. a poverty rate of at least 25 percent; or
  2. 50 percent or more of its householders must have incomes below 60 percent of the area median household income. The area corresponds to a metropolitan or a non-metropolitan area.

Further, the LIHTC statute requires that no more than 20 percent of the metropolitan area population reside within designated QCTs. (This limit also applies collectively to the nonmetropolitan counties in each state.) Thus, it is possible for a tract to meet one or both of the above criteria, but not be designated as a QCT.

The Census Bureau defines the boundaries of Census tracts in cooperation with local authorities every ten years for the purposes of the decennial census and, following a public comment period, has completed defining tract boundaries for the 2010 Census. Note that when census tract boundaries are set, they remain unchanged for the next decade. Thus, tract boundaries will not be changed until the 2020 Decennial Census.

A QCT may be located in a non-metropolitan county or a metropolitan area.


For detailed listings of the HUBZone status of counties & census tracts, visit

SBA HUBZone Map.




HUBZone Contractors National Council

PO Box 4041 - Falls Church, VA  22044  USA
phone 703-237-3674    fax 703-229-6425


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companies and professionals interested in the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Contracting Program.

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