Of the total population of 38.4 million in California, 26.3 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal California employs 11.8 million people annually, earning a total of almost $788 billion. This equates to over $2 trillion in gross domestic product.
Two billion-dollar weather disasters affected California in 2018—and a total of 13 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. The total cost for California’s wildfires in 2018—the costliest, deadliest, and largest on record—was $24.2 billion.*