Of the total population of 6.7 million in Massachusetts, almost 5.1 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Massachusetts employs 2.8 million people annually, earning a over $206 billion. This equates to more than $460 billion in gross domestic product.
Three billion-dollar weather disasters affected Massachusetts in 2018—and a total of 10 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. The most expensive of these was Hurricane Sandy, which caused a total of $72.8 billion in damages to Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.*