Of the total population of 733,400 in Alaska, 611,000 people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Alaska employs about 285,000 people annually, earning a total of $15.7 billion. This equates to approximately $46.6 billion in gross domestic product.
Three weather disasters affected Alaska in 2018—and a total of 16 affected the state between 2010 and 2018.* One of these events—the Western and Alaskan Wildfires—caused damages in the billions and burned over five million acres of Alaskan land.**