IIUSA is pleased to present this interactive mapping tool to visualize the unemployment rate of each census tract across the country to help analyze the policy impacts of the new regulatory proposal by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reform targeted employment areas (TEAs).

In particular, as a new rule for TEA designation, DHS proposes:

“a TEA may consist of a census tract or contiguous census tracts in which the new commercial enterprise is principally doing business (the ‘project tract(s)’) if the weighted average of the unemployment rate for the tract or tracts is at least 150 percent above the national average.

Moreover, if the project tract(s) do not independently qualify under this analysis, a TEA may also be designated if the project tract(s) and any or all additional tracts that are directly adjacent to the project tract(s) comprise an area in which the weighted average of the unemployment rate for all of the included tracts is at least 150 percent of the national average.”

See below for an example from DHS’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (page 43) on this proposed new rule of TEA designation:


Note: The interactive map on this webpage presents the hypothetical TEA qualifications for geographic areas and EB-5 project samples for policy discussion on potential reforms for TEA. Nothing on the map should be considered as the official TEA designation of any geographic areas nor EB-5 projects under the current law.

Questions/Comments on Analytic Mapping Tool?  Contact IIUSA at tech@iiusa.org.

Questions/Comments on TEA policy?  Contact IIUSA at advocacy@iiusa.org.

Single Census Tract TEA & EB-5 Project Samples Map

The interactive map below visualizes the TEA qualification with single census tract based on unemployment rate. The map also allows you to enter a location of your interest (at the lower left corner of the map) and then shows you the census tract in which your address is located.

With this interactive tool, not only can you view all the census tracts that are directly adjacent to your project tract, but also retrieve the data of labor force participation and the unemployment rate of each census tract at the pop-up window on the map to empower you to calculating the weighted average unemployment rate of the entire area.

Click the census tract and the EB-5 project sample to view additional data!

Note: The census tracts data are considerably massive , it could take a few moments for the map to load. Please do not refresh the webpage.


Fullscreen Map
Hover the census tracts for more details.
Tips: Use the search tool to check whether an address (e.g. "1440 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005") is located within a single census tract TEA.

Note: National average unemployment rate: 6.6% (ACS 2013-2017 Estimates)

Data Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimate (2012-2016) from U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder website (http://factfinder2.census.gov).

TEA Report: Policy Proposals Comparative Analysis by State 

How TEA policy proposals will shape the  future landscape of the EB‐5 Regional Center Program 

The report takes a comprehensive look at how all of the policy proposals to reform TEA (including new market tax credit inspired methodologies and the “contiguous and adjacent” method). The results are compelling and comprehensive, demonstrating how different approaches would affect stakeholders, projects, geographies, and metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.

In addition, the report also included the state‐by‐state analyses, in which you will be able to compare the impact of different policy proposals by:

  • TEA qualifications of EB‐5 project samples located in that state;
  • TEA qualifications of the census tracts in major cities of that state; and
  • Images of the TEA policy maps for the major cities of each state

This is a comprehensive analysis to enable Congressional leaders and industry stakeholders to come to rational, fact-based discussion on reforming TEA.


Questions/Comments on TEA policy? Contact IIUSA at advocacy@iiusa.org.

Issue with a project listing? Contact IIUSA at tech@iiusa.org.

Mapping tool & data analysis prepared by: Lee Li, Policy Analyst, IIUSA