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Coastal Population 418,366 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 16 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Photo credit: Steve Miller

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 New Hampshire.

Funding: New Hampshire Coastal Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Eleven percent, or 33,451 people, live in the floodplain in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

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 (74 percent). 401.37 square miles of land cover changed from one use to another between 1996 and 2010.

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

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Ocean Economics

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

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