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Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$206 Billion
Heron at the shore

Coastal Employment

Annual Wages


Climate and Weather Disasters

(Affecting Massachusetts 2010 to 2018)*

Coastal Demographics

Of the total population of 6.7 million in Massachusetts, almost 5.1 million people live in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Coastal Massachusetts employs 2.8 million people annually, earning a over $206 billion. This equates to more than $460 billion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

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.*

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