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Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$193 Billion
Heron at the shore

Coastal Employment

Annual Wages


Climate and Weather Disasters

(Affecting Texas 2010 to 2018)*

Coastal Demographics

Of the total population of approximately 26.5 million in Texas, about 6.5 million people live in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Coastal Texas employs almost 3.1 million people annually, earning a total of over $193 billion. This equates to more than $493 billion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

Six billion-dollar weather disasters affected Texas in 2018—and a total of 49 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a category 4, causing widespread devastation due to the large region of extreme rainfall across Houston and surrounding areas. More than 30 inches of rain fell on 6.9 million people, while 1.25 million experienced over 45 inches and 11,000 had over 50 inches. This unprecedented rainfall caused massive flooding that displaced over 30,000 people and damaged or destroyed over 200,000 homes and businesses. Hurricane Harvey’s total costs were $128.8 billion.

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