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Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$106 Billion
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Coastal Employment

Annual Wages


Climate and Weather Disasters

(Affecting Maryland 2010 to 2018)*

Coastal Demographics

Of the total population of approximately 5.9 million in Maryland, 4.25 million people live in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Coastal Maryland employs 1.8 million people annually, earning a total of almost $106 billion. This equates to over $277 billion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

Six billion-dollar weather disasters affected Maryland in 2018—and a total of 24 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. Severe storms made up the majority of these events, with a total of 12 affecting Maryland between 2010 and 2018. In May 2018, a derecho event—a widespread long-lived wind storm—caused significant high-wind damage in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, and Connecticut, with total costs of $1.4 billion.

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