Coastal Population Pressures
As part of the contribution to the Heinz Center’s
study on the "Social Causes and Consequences of Coastal Erosion" and in
response to living along a hurricane coast, the HRL staff has prepared
some background data on coastal population pressures. The first map
shows changes in Gulf and Atlantic coastal populations form 1970 to 2000.
Note the near doubling of the population (counties in dark red) in
hurricane-prone areas in the metropolitan areas of Houston and
Click here for the population change map.
These recent demographic changes are set within the
larger context of historic population movements to the coast. Using an
animated sequence from 1900-2000, population growth is charted, starting
with the more urbanized (and thus more populated northeast) in the
early part of the century, to the more recent population increases
throughout the Gulf and Atlantic coast counties.
Click here for the animated sequence.