Of the total population of approximately 10 million in Georgia, approximately 585,700 people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Georgia employs approximately 237,000 people annually, earning a total of over $10 billion. This equates to almost $26 billion in gross domestic product.
Six billion-dollar weather disasters affected Georgia in 2018—and a total of 33 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. These included Hurricanes Michael and Florence in 2018, the former causing major destruction in Georgia; five separate tornado outbreaks in 2017 and 2018; and a Southeast freeze in March 2017 that caused severe damage to the state’s crops, due in large part to the unusually warm temperatures in the preceding weeks, which caused an early crop bloom. *