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Coastal Population 2,365,551 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 61 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 Pennsylvania.

Funding: Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Three percent, or 9,817 people, live in the floodplain in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

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 (57 percent). 844 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 Pennsylvania's coast.

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Ocean Economics

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

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