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Economics and Demographics
The information below includes the most up-to-date data available; statistics are for 2018 unless otherwise noted.
Live on the Coast
Coastal counties of the U.S. are home to over 128 million people, or almost 40 percent of the nation's total population, yet the coast accounts for less than 10 percent of the nation's land mass (excluding Alaska).1
34.8 Million Population Increase
From 1970 to 2010, the population in coastal counties increased by 34.8 million people, or approximately 40 percent.2
58.3 Million Jobs
Annually, coastal counties produce more than $9.5 trillion in goods and services, employ 58.3 million people, and pay $3.8 trillion in wages.3
The basic geographic footprint for the data represented on this page is a suite of “Coastal Shoreline Counties” determined by using the Federal Emergency Management Agency's definition, which states that a coastal county must
- Have a coastline bordering the open ocean or the Great Lakes or
- Contain coastal high hazard areas (V-zones).
Handout: Top Ten Marine Economy