Of the total population of 3.6 million in Puerto Rico, 2.4 million people live in coastal portions of the territory.
Coastal Puerto Rico employs over 716,000 people annually, earning a total of over $20 billion.
Two billion-dollar weather disasters affected Puerto Rico between 2010 and 2018. Hurricanes Irma and Maria both hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Hurricane Maria was the strongest hurricane to make landfall there since 1928. It caused over 2,900 fatalities and widespread devastation to the island’s transportation, agriculture, communication, and energy infrastructure. Maria’s total costs were over $92 billion.*
Puerto Rico’s coral reefs provide millions of dollars in protection to buildings and the local economy every year—over $183.7 million every year (including Culebra and Vieques, Puerto Rico).**