Because of extremely good wages and benefits, turnover rates for the entire operation were quite low. Families benefited from the K-8 Grade school, and later a K-9 system. During the summer months, because of the open pit operation, manpower and townsite population grew to 160. In the mid 1970s, the townsite expanded to include a trailer court, three condominiums, bunkhouse trailers, and in 1982, a modern recreation complex. The town and mine was serviced with an all-weather road to Watson Lake and a 3700’ x 100’ airstrip. A new 80-man bunkhouse was built in 1983. In 1979 it was estimated that there were 506 people living at Tungsten, 200 of which were employees. There were 450 residents of Tungsten in 1982. About 100 children were enrolled in the school in 1982. The community also had a public telephone exchange operated by Northwestel, area code 403, prefix 777. By 1986, it was estimated that only 280 people were living at Tungsten. The Cantung Mine closed in May 1986, and the townsite was closed. A year or two later, the telephone exchange, with only a handful of active lines on obsolescent electromechanical equipment, was shut down.
Although the mine reopened in 2002, the nature of the mine has changed so that there is no longer an operating townsite with families. The company has apparently demolished many of the old houses. The mine closed again in 2003. Following an investment by the Kaska Dena Council in the Yukon in December 2004 the mine was reopened in 2005.