Of the total population of approximately 4.8 million in South Carolina, over 1.3 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal South Carolina employs over 540,000 people annually, earning a total of almost $21.7 billion. This equates to $55.8 billion in gross domestic product.
Six billion-dollar weather disasters affected South Carolina in 2018—and a total of 25 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence produced up to 23.8 inches of rainfall across the state, and caused damages totaling over $24 billion (including in North Carolina and other affected states).