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Coastal Population 6,121,490 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 102 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Coastline Miles 3,359 (length of shoreline report - PDF)
Photo credit: William Folsom

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 Texas.

Funding: Texas Coastal Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Twenty-five percent, or 74,466 people, live in the floodplain in Galveston County, Texas.

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

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Changing Lands

Texas experienced 5,677 square miles of change between 1996 and 2010, with the largest change being a 1,327-square-mile loss of forest.

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

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Ocean Economics

Offshore mineral extraction is the largest employer among Texas'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 Texas’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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