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2010 Census: More Asians than Pacific Islanders in NMI

THERE are more residents of Asian descent than Pacific Islanders according to the 2010 CNMI Demographic Profile Summary File, Census of Population and Housing.

Of the 53,883 total population registered during the 2010 Census, 18,800 were Pacific Islanders while Asians numbered 26,908.

The report also showed that there were 55 African Americans, 54 Hispanic/Latinos, 1,117 Caucasians, 117 belonging to other ethnic groups, and 6,932 from two or more ethnic origins.

Of the 18,800 in total Pacific Islanders or Native Hawaiians residing in the Northern Marianas as of 2010, there were 2,461, Carolinians; 12,902, Chamorros 1,242, Chuukese 37, Kosraean 68, Marshallese 1,169, Palauan 425, Pohnpeian 228, Yapese and 268 Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders.

Meanwhile, Filipinos were the majority among Asians with a total population of 19,017.

They were followed by Chinese nationals (excluding Taiwanese), 3,659; Koreans, 2,253; Japanese, 795; Bangladeshis, 501; Thais, 266; Nepalese, 227; other Asians, 190.

As to their distributions in the islands, of the 18,800 Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, 16,210 resided on Saipan; 1,222 on Tinian; and 1,368 on Rota.

Of the 16,210 Pacific Islanders or Native Hawaiians residing on Saipan, the majority or 5,716 lived in District 1; 3,718 in District 3; 3,677 in District 5; 1,626 in District 2; and 1,473 in District 4.

Carolinians, on the other hand, were mostly concentrated in District 3 where 846 of the total 2,461 registered in the 2010 Census lived; 674, District 1; 201, District 2; 224, District 4; and 501, District 5.

In 2010, there were 12,902 Chamorros in the CNMI: 10,411 on Saipan; 1,183 on Tinian and 1,308 on Rota.

On Saipan, a majority of the Chamorros or 3,737 resided in District 1; 1,011, District 2; 1,996, District 3; 973, District 4; and 2,694, District 5.

Most of the Chuukese in the CNMI at the time of the census were living on Saipan, 1,225 out of the total 1,242.

A Majority of them lived in District 1 (467) and District 3 (432).

1,128 of the 1,169 total Palauans in the CNMI in 2010 lived on Saipan, with a majority of them or 444 in District 1.

As for Asian residents, Filipinos comprised 70.67 percent of the total Asian population in 2010 and 35.29 percent of the total CNMI population.

There were 19,017 Filipinos in the CNMI in 2010, 17,285 were on Saipan; 950 on Tinian; and 782 on Rota.

5,151 or 29.80 percent of the total Filipinos on Saipan resided in District 1; 2,863 or 16.56 percent, District 2; 6,758 or 39.09 percent, District 3; 1,047 or 6.05 percent, District 4 and 1,466 or 8.48 percent, District 5.

Angel Demapan
Last week, the CNMI government through Press Secretary Angel Demapan welcomed the release of the report.

Demapan said Gov. Benigno R. Fitial and Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos, in conjunction with US Census Bureau and through the Department of Commerce, were pleased to report on the 2010 CNMI Demographic Profile Summary File, Census of Population and Housing.

The recent report showed data including population subjects such as age, children born (fertility), citizenship status, class of worker, disability status, earnings in 2009, educational attainment, employment status and subsistence activity, ethnic origin or race, family type, foreign-born status, grandparents as caregivers, group quarters population, health insurance coverage status, housing type and relationship, income in 2009, industry, journey to work (commuting), language spoken at home and frequency of language usage, marital status, nativity, occupation, parents’ place of birth, place of birth, place of work, poverty status in 2009, reason for moving, remittances sent abroad in 2009, residence in 2009 (migration), school enrollment, service-connected disability status and ratings, sex, travel time to work, veterans status, vocational training, work experience, and year of entry.

Demapan said these summary data are part of the information extracted from the concluded US Census 2010.

“This release is significant compared to previous releases which are on general population, housing count or selected characteristics at general geographic levels. This release has many more levels that reflect down to the village level. It has a vast array of 121 demographic, social, and economic tabulated tables,” he said in the release.

As to the report’s significance, Demapan stated that this benefits the CNMI “in many ways since not only NMI but all data users can now see important tabulations of poverty statistics present in the Commonwealth, as well as the distribution of sex and age of the population, the breakdown of ethnicities, average size of households, median incomes of households and individuals, school enrollment and attainment and a host of other interesting characteristics as stated above.”

For those interested in seeing the summary data, these are available at