Of the total population of approximately 2.99 million in Mississippi, approximately 383,000 people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Mississippi employs about 147,000 people annually, earning a total of over $6 billion. This equates to over $16 billion in gross domestic product.
One billion-dollar disaster affected Mississippi in 2018—and a total of 20 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. In April 2018, severe storms and over 70 tornadoes caused widespread damage in Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Virginia.