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Coastal Population 4,730,951 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 56 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2016
Coastline Miles 3,315 (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 Virginia.

Funding: Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Twenty-five percent, or 12,339 people, live in the floodplain in Northampton County, Virginia.

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

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Changing Lands

The state added more 212 square miles of developed area between 1996 and 2010. That’s more than three times the size of the District of Columbia.

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

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Ocean Economics

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

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