Of the total population of approximately 12.8 million in Pennsylvania, almost 2.4 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Pennsylvania employs over 1 million people annually, earning a total of more than $61 billion. This equates to over $154 billion in gross domestic product.
Six billion-dollar weather disasters affected Pennsylvania in 2018—and a total of 27 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. In 2018 alone, Pennsylvania was affected by two separate Nor’easters, dozens of tornado events, and several severe storms.*