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Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$180.7 Billion
Heron at the shore

Coastal Employment

Annual Wages


Climate and Weather Disasters

(Affecting Illinois 2010 to 2018)*

Coastal Demographics

Of the total population of approximately 12.9 million in Illinois, 5.9 million people live in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Coastal Illinois employs 2.9 million people annually, earning a total of about $191 billion. This equates to almost $474 billion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

Three billion-dollar weather disaster affected Illinois in 2018—and a total of 38 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. One of the costliest and deadliest years was 2017, which saw numerous tornadoes and historic levels of flooding.*

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