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Mississippi

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Coastal Population 370,702 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 62 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2016
Photo credit: Lucy Jacobson

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 Mississippi.

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

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Forty-one percent, or 57,012 people, live in the floodplain in Jackson County, Mississippi.

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

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Changing Lands

Mississippi experienced 24.9 percent of coastal change from 1996 to 2010, mostly related to forest losses and growth.

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

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Ocean Economics

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

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