BRAWLEY — Census 2000 figures are in and the numbers for Brawley show a 16.5 percent increase in population, with numbers growing from 18,923 in 1990 to 22,052 in 2000.
"We knew in this census we were going to be over 20,000," City Manager Jerry Santillan said.
While pleased with the city's growth, Mayor Wayne Johnson suspects the census figures to be inaccurate.
"I feel Brawley is bigger than what they're saying it is," Johnson said.
Johnson said inaccuracies may have been due to some residents failing to submit census information.
Santillan said an additional analysis and challenge to the census figures may be needed if it appears the city was undercounted.
Census numbers affect capital improvement projects, how much land the city budgets for planning housing and affects the grants the city can seek, according to Santillan.