(June 2007) Nearly 35 million people—12 percent of the nation’s population—live in coastal communities from North Carolina to Texas that would be most threatened by an Atlantic hurricane, according to Census Bureau figures for July 1, 2006. In 1950, the equivalent figures were 10.2 million and 7 percent.

The coastal populations of those states grew 244 percent since 1950, according to the bureau, which compiled a special tabulation to coincide with the June 1 start of the North Atlantic hurricane season. Florida, which grew by 15 million people, accounted for most of the 24.8 million people added to coastal areas during those years.

The news release with these figures can be found at www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/ facts_for_features_special_editions/010106.html. The bureau announced plans to release more detailed information about these areas this month.

—D’Vera Cohn, PRB Senior Editor