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Coastal Population 999,064 (coastal states summary - PDF)
Coastal Hazards 73 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Coastline Miles 3,375 (length of shoreline report - PDF)
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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 North Carolina.

Funding: North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

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Flood Risk Populations

Sixteen percent, or 32,761 people, live in the floodplain in New Hanover County, North Carolina.

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

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Changing Lands

Wetlands account for the state’s largest land cover category along the coast (25 percent). 3,812 square miles of land cover changed from one use to another from 1996 to 2010.

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

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Ocean Economics

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

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