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California

68.5%

Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$787.6 Billion
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Coastal Employment

Annual Wages

13

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 11.8 million people annually, earning a total of almost $788 billion. This equates to over $2 trillion in gross domestic product.

Coastal 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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