Of the total population of 4.8 million in Alabama, over 609,000 people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Alabama employs 637,000 people annually, earning a total of almost $10 billion. This equates to approximately $24.2 billion in gross domestic product.
Four billion-dollar weather disasters affected Alabama in 2018—and a total of 27 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. In 2018, three separate storm systems caused dozens of tornadoes; one in March of that year caused over 20 tornadoes and extensive damage across Alabama.*