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Coastal Population 2,219,037 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 31 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Connecticut.

Funding: Connecticut Coastal Management Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Nine percent, or 80,265 people, live in the floodplain in New Haven County, Connecticut.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Changing Lands

Forest is the state’s largest land cover category (49.86 percent). Almost 17 percent of the entire state is developed, which is 175 percent more than the average development within state coastal areas.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along Connecticut's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Connecticut’s ocean-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Connecticut’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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