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Rhode Island


Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$23.824.4 Billion
Heron at the shore

Coastal Employment

Annual Wages


Climate and Weather Disasters

(Affecting Rhode Island 2010 to 2018)*

Coastal Demographics

The entire population of Rhode Island—1.1 million people—lives in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Rhode Island’s coastal economy employs more than 467,000 people annually, earning a total of $24.4 billion. This equates to $59.3 billion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

Two billion-dollar weather disaster affected Rhode Island in 2018—and a total of eight 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, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. *

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