HUBZone Mapping Quick Start

 

The HUBZone Mapping Application assists you in finding out whether or not a particular business location or employee residential location is within a HUBZone.  You can also use HUBZone Mapping to find out what HUBZone areas are found within a larger area of interest.

 

Determining the HUBZone Eligibility of a Location

 

If you have the street address of a location of interest, simply enter it in the form at the top of the page. 

HUBZone Mapping will find that address and zoom the map to street level to display it, while generating a description of whether the location is in a Qualified Census Tract, a HUBZone non-metropolitan county, or other HUBZone area, such as a de-commissioned former military base, an Indian Land area, or a HUD-defined Difficult Development Area (outside the continental US).   This action will also pop up an “info table,” which will have a tab for the tract and county within which the address is located, and additional tabs of information for any other HUBZone qualified area(s) that surround the location.

You can also use the map navigation tools at the top left of the Map to pan and zoom to an area of interest.  Then you can determine eligibility either by looking at the Map’s color themes or by clicking at a point on the map with the blue “I” button (in the upper left hand corner of the map) to generate the result.  If you have clicked on a point that is near a street, and that block’s data is complete (with address ranges as most are) HUBZone Mapping will “reverse geocoded,” i.e., fill in the address form (at the top) with the street address and zip code.

HUBZone Mapping uses the U.S. Census Bureau’s street dataset from the Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system (TIGER). Read more about TIGER at:

http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/

TIGER tip: 

Non-metropolitan counties have many roadways that are known by both local street names, and by township, county, state, or US highway names.  For each section of road in its network, TIGER has a name, and sometimes an alternate name.  You may need to try a few variations on your address to find the matching name.  For example, if your address is “3365 Hwy 44”, and Highway 44 is a state highway, try entering “3365 State Hwy 44  if HUBZone Mapping reports that it cannot find the address.

The Census Bureau has steadily improved the address location capability of the free, public domain-sourced TIGER streets; but sometimes TIGER geocoding fails to locate certain addresses.  Specifically, addresses that are on the boundaries of census tracts and counties may not be accurately enough plotted to correctly determine their location in one tract/county or the other. Often the other side of the same street may be in another tract and/or county.  When the geocoding results seem incorrect, you may wish to use the HUBZone Mapping ‘s Coordinate Input functionality.  Please see “Using Location Enabled Browsing” below.

 

Finding HUBZone Eligible Areas

 

Again, the map navigation tools may help you to zoom into an area of interest, from statewide, to street level.  You can use the legend and its map color themes to identify qualified counties, census tracts, or other HUBZone areas. 

You may also search counties or states for a table of HUBZone areas.   For example, once you have clicked on an area of the map with the “info” tool, and received the HUBZone eligibility result, a “Find” form will appear with a “popdown” menu of states and counties, linked to the location you clicked.  You can then choose another county or new state and county.  The new location will be analyzed while a description and information table will appear. 

Now you can either search the current county for Qualified Tracts or other HUBZone areas, or use the “Go” button to direct the map to display that county (or the whole state, if you have chosen “All Counties).

If you select “All Counties”, a new “Find” button will appear that allows you to search statewide for HUBZone eligible counties.  All other “Find” actions will search the entire state for other HUBZone areas.

When you search a county or state for HUBZone areas, the result will be an interactive table.  You can sort the results by any of its columns by clicking on the column header. 

You can zoom to a HUBZone area in the table by double-clicking on its row.

 

Using Location Enabled Browsing

 

HUBZone Mapping will also accept GPS decimal longitude and latitude input for a location inquiry.  To enter coordinates, click on the link “Coordinate Input.”

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The address form will be replaced by a form that accepts coordinates, along with a “Reset” button to clear the input.  If your web browser supports geolocation, you may be asked if the browser can use your current location.  If you agree, you will see a “Refresh” button, and (sometimes after a short pause) you will see the Longitude and Latitude form fields filled with the most accurate location your browser can determine.

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If you click “Find,” the map will zoom to the location determined, and you should be able to verify the level of accuracy.  To assist in verifying the accuracy, click the Address Input link to return to the address form and see the street address found by “reverse geocoding” your location.

As an alternative, you may be able to record GPS coordinates for your location with a cell phone or auto navigation system, and enter the values into the form manually.