Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI)


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 Brownsville-Matamoros, Mexico.

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.