Learn about the ocean’s value to your local economy with the Portal’s Socioeconomic data. The map data are derived from the Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) Explorer database, available through NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management Digital Coast Partnership. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean recently published a report on the economic vulnerabilities that climate change poses for to the region. We offer map data produced for the report as a resource for users. You can download it at http://portal.midatlanticocean.org/static/data_manager/data-download/Zip_Files/Socioeconomic/CCV_CoastalMidAtlantic_Counties.zip.

Population Density

Population density by Census tract based on 2015 population estimate.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Esri


Census tracts for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastal zones were extracted from a national dataset and displayed by population density. The area shown includes tracts from North Carolina to Maine that fall within "coastal watershed counties" as defined by NOAA.

Ocean Economics GDP

This layer contains data on the gross domestic product, or revenue of the business activities in the six economic sectors that are dependent on the resources of the oceans and Great Lakes. They include: Marine Construction, Living Resources, Offshore Mineral Extraction, Ship and Boat Building, Tourism and Recreation, Marine Transportation, and a total, All Ocean Sectors. This information is harvested from the Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW). The ENOW data provides time-series data on the ocean and Great Lakes economy, which includes six economic sectors dependent on the oceans and Great Lakes, and measures four economic indicators: Establishments, Employment, Wages, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The annual time-series data are available for about 400 coastal counties, 30 coastal states, 8 regions, and the nation.

Source: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM), MarineCadastre.gov


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