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Coastal Population 1,241,048 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 51 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2016
Coastline Miles 2,876 (length of shoreline report - PDF)

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 South Carolina.

Funding: South Carolina Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Forty-nine percent, or 175,613 people, live in the floodplain in Charleston County, South Carolina.

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

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Changing Lands

Coastal South Carolina experienced 3,773 square miles of change (17 percent), including a 21-percent increase in developed areas from 1996 to 2010.

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

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among South Carolina’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 South Carolina’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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