States / Delaware



Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$24.1 Billion

Coastal Employment
Annual Wages


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

Coastal Demographics

The entire population of Delaware—926,500 people—lives in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Delaware’s coastal economy employs over 443,600 people annually, earning a total of $24.1 billion. This equates to $72 billion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

One billion-dollar weather disaster affected Delaware in 2018—and a total of seven affected the state between 2010 and 2018. The most expensive of these was Hurricane Sandy, which caused a total of $72.8 billion in combined damages to Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.*

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American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates (NOAA Data)

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

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

Making a Difference
in Delaware

Creating a Flood-Ready Community

The Takeaway: A leadership training, now in its fifth year, has taught one hundred-plus participants ways to lessen local flood risks by enacting practical plans, codes, and ordinances.

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Tool Reduces Ocean Conflicts

The Takeaway: Offering a cohesive approach to offshore management, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan aids industries connected to offshore energy, tourism, undersea cables, and marine traffic.

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