“On a CNMI-wide basis, the numbers add to represent a range from 45,066 to 79,698. … The most optimistic Scenario A … assumes ongoing strong increases in tourism (and, implicitly, some sort of solutions to potential infrastructure and labor constraints, as well as political support by residents). By contrast, the essentially catastrophic Scenario C is based on an equally possible future, characterized by loss of CW-1 workers and a reduction in tourism equivalent to what could happen if the Chinese market is blocked by elimination of ‘paroles’ for visitors from China.”

— Population forecasts based on economic scenarios in the CNMI Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update, released on March 9 by the NMI Department of Public Lands.