States / California



Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$883.5 Billion

Coastal Employment
Annual Wages


Climate and Weather Disasters
(Affecting California 2010 to 2018)*

Coastal Demographics

Of the total population of 38.4 million in California, 26.3 million people live in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Coastal California employs 12.3 million people annually, earning a total of almost $883.5 billion. This equates to over $2 trillion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

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.*

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American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates (NOAA Data)

*Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (FEMA Website)

(All economic and demographic facts represent the latest data available [2015] and are regularly updated as new data become available)

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