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Coastal Population 563,967 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 73 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Coastline Miles 2,344 (length of shoreline report - PDF)

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 Georgia.

Funding: Georgia Coastal Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Thirty-eight percent, or 102,092 people, live in the floodplain in Chatham County, Georgia.

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

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Changing Lands

Nearly 7,000 square miles (18 percent) of coastal Georgia changed between 1996 and 2010. That’s more than two times the national average.

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

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Georgia’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 Georgia’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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