September 29, 2016

Tidal Coastline Miles by State

Coastline of the United States

The United States has more than 88,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  Approximately 4 percent or about 3,800 miles of this shoreline is maintained by cities and various state and federal park systems as public tourist beaches.  The remainder of these coastal areas belongs to private land owners, local, state and federal governments.

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None of these other entities have any money in their budgets allocated to clean up after the general public and maintain these 84,000 miles of coastline as a trash free environment.  With no public funding available, trash has been accumulating in many areas for 20 plus years.   Along some rural coastlines, there is trash burying trash in what should be pristine areas.

Lengths, statute miles
State General
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Tidal
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Atlantic Coast:
 Maine 228 3,478
 New Hampshire 13 131
 Massachusetts 192 1,519
 Rhode Island 40 384
 Connecticut 618
 New York 127 1,850
 New Jersey 130 1,792
 Pennsylvania 89
 Delaware 28 381
 Maryland 31 3,190
 Virginia 112 3,315
 North Carolina 301 3,375
 South Carolina 187 2,876
 Georgia 100 2,344
 Florida (Atlantic) 580 3,331
  Total Atlantic Coast 2,069 28,673
Gulf Coast:
 Florida (Gulf) 770 5,095
 Alabama 53 607
 Mississippi 44 359
 Louisiana 397 7,721
 Texas 367 3,359
  Total Gulf Coast 1,631 17,141
Pacific Coast:
 California 840 3,427
 Oregon 296 1,410
 Washington 157 3,026
 Hawaii 750 1,052
 Alaska (Pacific) 5,580 31,383
  Total Pacific Coast 7,623 40,298
Arctic Coast:
 Alaska (Arctic) 1,060 2,521
  Total Arctic Coast 1,060 2,521
States Total 12,383 88,633
1. Figures are lengths of general outline of seacoast. This does not include freshwater coastlines. Measurements are made with unit measure of 30 minutes of latitude on charts as near scale of 1:1,200,000 as possible. Coastline of bays and sounds is included to point where they narrow to width of unit measure, and distance across at such point is included.
Source: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service.

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