Draft Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA) Maps

Seeking Community Feedback on Draft DIA Maps
The following are DRAFT maps. LCB is currently seeking feedback from stakeholders on these maps before finalizing the tools for the upcoming Social Equity application process. If you are looking for the DIA maps used for the first Social Equity application, they are available here.

Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) are an important piece of the Social Equity Program because they are one of the three requirements that may qualify an applicant for the program. To meet this requirement, an applicant must have lived in a DIA in Washington state for a minimum of five years between 1980 and 2010.

You can email any feedback on the maps below to licensingsocialequity@lcb.wa.gov

What is a DIA?
"Disproportionately impacted area" (DIA) is defined as a census tract or similar geographic area within Washington state where community members were more likely to be impacted by the war on drugs. These areas must be assessed to account for demographic changes in the composition of the population over time and will be finalized in the rulemaking process.

According to State law, to qualify as a DIA, the area must be in the top 15th percentile in at least two of the following demographic indicators:

(i) The area has a high rate of people living under the federal poverty level;
(ii) The area has a high rate of people who did not graduate from high school;
(iii) The area has a high rate of unemployment; or
(iv) The area has a high rate of people receiving public assistance.

Important to Note: The legislature gave the agency some additional authority to determine the DIAs. However, at a minimum the maps must use these indicators. Adding additional criteria will not expand the maps, it will further limit them.   

Access the Disproportionately Impacted Area draft maps here.

Please enter a specific address, not an area. Be patient with the program, and allow it time to load before entering or re-entering an address.

Use the Interactive Map to search for a specific address to determine whether it was in a disproportionately impacted area. If you would like to see a visual of the DIA census tracts across the state, click on one of these four maps: 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010. They show the census tracts in Washington for each decade from 1980-2010. The census tracts that qualify as a DIA are highlighted in orange. 

To use the Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIA) Map:

  1. Click on this link.
  2. On the first page, click on “Explore.”
  3. Type the address you want to check on “Find an address or place” on the left hand side, suggested addresses will appear once you begin typing, click on the address you would like to search.
  4. On the right hand side, the map will show you the location within the census tract. The blue highlight represents the census tract boundaries.
  5. On the left hand side of your screen, there will be 4 messages indicating whether or not the census tract where the address is located was a disproportionately impacted area in 1980, 1990, 2000, or 2010.
  6. To meet this qualification, you must have resided in the area at the time it was considered a disproportionately impacted area for a minimum of five years.


If you are looking for the DIA maps used for the first Cannabis Social Equity process, they can be accessed at this link.




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