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5. Census Tract Data: Each census tract and/ or block group must be entirely or partially within the current County limits, as those limits exist on the date of the application for Agrarian Growth Zone


Applications will be returned if the Division of Community Assistance discovers that

the wrong census data has been used.

Be certain to follow these instructions exactly.

Census Tract and/or Block Group Number: This number is determined by locating census tracts and/or block groups on census tract/block group maps. Many Counties have census maps for their jurisdiction or GIS Departments that can assist in mapping the potential Agrarian Growth Zones. Other census data centers are listed on Attachments A and B. Information about Census Tracts and Block Groups can also be located at the Census Bureau website www.census.gov

Total Population: Locate data on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing Summary File 3 (http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en), at the enclosed listing of Census Data Centers. When analyzing total population from the data CD, locate the total population statistic in the Census Tract\Block Numbering Area (Totals) or Block Group (Totals), depending on what geographic identifier you are utilizing (i.e. tract or block group). Determine the population by the 100-Percent Count of Persons. Applicant must not have a municipal population greater than 10,000 within the county.

Percent below Poverty: This statistic is also located on Tape File 3A, or can be obtained by visiting www.census.gov . Select the General Profiles and scroll down to Income and Poverty; you will locate the Percent below Poverty under this heading. (Hint: This number should not include the hundredths decimal. If a census tract or block group has less than 20.00% below poverty it does not qualify.

Total Population Below Poverty: This function shall be performed manually. (File 3 P87 POVERTY STATUS) For each census tract or block group, perform this calculation. Divide the Income in 1999 below poverty level of the census tract and/or block group by the Total Population. This will calculate the percent below poverty of the census tract and/ or block group. Round to the nearest whole person.

6. Proposed Agrarian Growth Zone Summary Census Information:

Total Population is the sum of Total Population figures for all the census tracts and/or block groups listed in the table in # 4.

Total Population below Poverty is the sum of the Total Population below Poverty figures for all the census tracts and block groups listed in the table in # 4.

Percent below Poverty: This figure is equal to the (Total Population below Poverty for all census tracts and/or block groups in the proposed Zone (from the table in # 5.)) divided by the (Total Population for all census tracts and/or block groups in the proposed Zone (from the table in #5.)) For a Zone to qualify, each Census Tract and/ or Block Group must exceed 20.0% Percent below Poverty.

7. Signature:

County government applicants: The Chief County Elected Official shall sign the application form. The signature certifies official action to apply for zone designation by the governing body.

Agrarian Growth Zone Guidelines

Revised OCT 2010


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