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Coastal Population 7,045,573 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 42 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Coastline Miles 1,792 (length of shoreline report - PDF)
Photo credit: Albert Theberge, NOAA

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in New Jersey.

Funding: New Jersey Coastal Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Fifty-three percent, or 50,763 people, live in the floodplain in Cape May County, New Jersey.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Changing Lands

At 22 percent, development is the state’s second largest land cover category, more than double the national coastal average of eight percent.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along New Jersey's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among New Jersey’s ocean-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for New Jeryey’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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