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Coastal Population 5,898,137 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 74 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 Illinois.

Funding: Illinois Coastal Management Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Three percent, or 159,361 people, live in the floodplain in Cook County, Illinois.

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

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Changing Lands

Development and agriculture combined make up 80 percent of coastal Illinois. The loss of agriculture to development was the most common change from 1996 to 2010.

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

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Ocean Economics

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

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