Vulnerable populations in the coastal floodplain

As we plan for future storms and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, policy makers must consider the large population of vulnerable persons who live in coastal floodplains.   

According to NOAA, 16.4 million people resided in the US coastal floodplain in 2010 and that number appears to be increasing. 12% of the 2010 floodplain population is below the poverty level (excluding U.S. Territories) and 23% is under 5 and 65 and over (excluding U.S. Territories).

For more information, see National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics Demographic Trends Database: 1970-2010 (2012), available at http://coastalsocioeconomics.noaa.gov/.

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