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Coastal Population 25,520,252 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 27 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2016
Coastline Miles 3,427 (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 California.

Funding: California Coastal Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Five percent, or 36,541 people, live in the floodplain in San Mateo County, California.

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

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Changing Lands

California developed 410 square miles of coastal lands from 1996-2010. That’s an area almost the size of Los Angeles.

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

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Ocean Economics

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

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