The entire population of Delaware—926,500 people—lives in coastal portions of the state.
Delaware’s coastal economy employs over 443,600 people annually, earning a total of $24.1 billion. This equates to $72 billion in gross domestic product.
One billion-dollar weather disaster affected Delaware in 2018—and a total of seven affected the state between 2010 and 2018. The most expensive of these was Hurricane Sandy, which caused a total of $72.8 billion in combined damages to Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.*