Alternative investments continue to amass investor assets, with the Opportunity Zones program providing a nascent source of growth in the industry.
According to Novogradac, Qualified Opportunity Funds had raised $24.4 billion in equity through the end of 2021, with $6.9 billion of that total coming in the second half of the year.
Novogradac tracks a total of 1,342 QOFs; nearly 1,000 of those reported their equity raise totals.
The report from Novogradac also provided insights into the geographical distribution of the OZ equity raised:
- California led the way with $2.4 billion in OZ equity, representing approximately 10% of the total;
- Arizona — the 14th largest state by population — has the second largest OZ equity raise at $1.3 billion;
- Texas, New York, and Florida round out the top five states with the most OZ equity raised;
- 20 cities have raised $200 million or more in OZ equity, led by Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville, and Austin.