2010 Census Shows CNMI Population Declines by 22.2%

August 25, 2011

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The initial CNMI 2010 census data presents no surprise. The population of the CNMI has declined from 69, 221 in 2000 to 53, 883 in 2010. Rota's population decreased by 23 percent, from 3,283 in 2000 to 2,527 in 2010; Saipan's population declined by 22.7 percent, from 62,392 in 2000 to 48,220 in 2010; and Tinian’s population decreased by 11.4 percent, from 3,540 in 2000 to 3,136 in 2010.

Census results determine allocation of federal funds.

In a press statement (embedded below) Governor Fitial stated, "Once the 2010 CNMI Census results are fully completed and released, the CNMI will be better poised to get its fair share of federal funding opportunities.”

Interesting statement. What is a "fair share of funding opportunities" for a region that pays no federal income taxes and is a thorn in the side of the federal government?

Other U.S. territories also saw a decline in their populations. The U.S. Virgin Islands' population dropped 2 percent, while American Samoa's declined by 3.1 percent. Guam's population increased 2.9 percent from 154,805 to 159,358.


Anonymous said...

So of these numbers, how many are CW and non voters that have left and remained?

Anonymous said...

Notice that the combined population of Rota and Tinian at 5,663 control Saipan with 48,220 population. Minority rules.

Wendy Doromal said...

What is also interesting to me is that the high school that I teach at has more students than Rota.

Anonymous said...

The little league world championships has more in attendance then the CNMI.

The Saipan Blogger said...

CNN has an interesting interactive maps that shows census results and data.

CNMI experienced one of the largest declines in the country. It is an economic and social disaster, like an old mining town -- or even the town in the Pixar movie Cars.