The entire population of Rhode Island—1.1 million people—lives in coastal portions of the state.
Rhode Island’s coastal economy employs almost 470,000 people annually, earning a total of $23.8 billion. This equates to $55.65 billion in gross domestic product.
Two billion-dollar weather disaster affected Rhode Island in 2018—and a total of eight affected the state between 2010 and 2018. The most expensive of these was Hurricane Sandy, which caused a total of $72.8 billion in damages to Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. *