Of the total population of approximately 7 million in Washington, over 4.8 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Washington employs almost 2.4 million people annually, earning a total of over $162 billion. This equates to almost $419 billion in gross domestic product.
One billion-dollar weather disaster affected Washington in 2018—and a total of 8 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. Wildfires and drought accounted for the vast majority of costs and destruction.*