Of the total population of approximately 8.3 million in Virginia, 4.9 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Virginia employs over 2.2 million people annually, earning a total of almost $132 billion. This equates to almost $325 billion in gross domestic product.
Seven billion-dollar weather disasters affected Virginia in 2018—and a total of 30 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. Severe storms made up the majority of these events, with a total of 15 impacting Virginia between 2010 and 2018. In May 2018, a derecho event—a widespread long-lived wind storm—caused significant high-wind damage in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, and Connecticut, with total costs of $1.4 billion.