May 17, 2022

Fast Facts and Data: North Atlantic Hurricane Season 2016 Now Underway

The “Fact For Features” data brief from the U.S. Census (highlights below) includes a variety of statistical data related to hurricanes and emergency management. Each data point includes a link to the source report.

From the U.S. Census:

The North Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local statistics that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. The growth in population of coastal areas illustrates the importance of emergency planning and preparedness for areas that are more susceptible to inclement weather conditions. The Census Bureau’s rich, local economic and demographic statistics from the American Community Survey gives communities a detailed look at neighborhood-level statistics for real-time emergency planning for the nation’s growing coastal population.

Here are a few, very few, examples of what’s included:


The number of years since the U.S. was struck by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher). The last one was Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 over Southwest Florida.


The number of coastline counties along the Atlantic (129 counties) and Gulf of Mexico

(56 counties) most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.

The number of miles of coastline from Maine to Texas.

The percentage of U.S. homes that have an emergency water supply.


The percentage of homes where the occupants said they would likely stay with relatives or friends during a two-week evacuation to a safe place that was at least 50 miles away. This was followed by staying at a hotel or motel (18.1 percent) or public shelter (4.1 percent).

Direct to Complete Data Brief

Data Visualization

Growth on the Coast

Source: U.S. Census

See Also: PDF and JPG Versions of Visualization

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