Of the total population of approximately 8.9 million in New Jersey, 7.15 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal New Jersey employs almost 3 million people annually, earning a total of over $178 billion. This equates to over $433 billion in gross domestic product.
Four billion-dollar weather disasters affected New Jersey in 2018—and a total of 17 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. In 2018 alone, multiple severe storms, dozens of tornadoes, and two powerful Nor’easters caused several billion dollars’ worth of damage to states along the east coast. In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused a total of over $72 billion in damages to affected states, with New York and New Jersey seeing the largest extent of damages.*