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Louisiana

50%

Population of State Living in Coastal Areas

$45.9 Billion
Heron at the shore

Coastal Employment

Annual Wages

16

Climate and Weather Disasters

(Affecting Louisiana 2010 to 2018)*

Coastal Demographics

Of the total population of approximately 4.6 million in Louisiana, 2.3 million people live in coastal portions of the state.

Coastal Economy

Coastal Louisiana employs 948,000 people annually, earning almost $46 billion. This equates to over $125 billion in gross domestic product.

Natural Hazards

Two billion-dollar weather disasters affected Louisiana in 2018—and a total of 16 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. An historic flooding event in August 2016, resulting from 20 to 30 inches of rainfall over several days, devastated a large area of southern Louisiana. More than 30,000 people were rescued from the floodwaters that damaged or destroyed over 50,000 homes, 100,000 vehicles, and 20,000 businesses. Costing $10.7 billion, it was the most damaging U.S. flood event since Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast in 2012.

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