During the 12 months to 2019, Griffith recorded a modest increase in its population.
The figures calculated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that Griffith welcomed 180 new residents.
The ABS estimates 27,029 people live in the Griffith City Council area, the figures used have taken into account births and deaths, as well as people who have arrived from other Australian towns or overseas.
The population increase was one of the strongest in the western Riverina with Carrathool remaining steady, Murrumbidgee Council fell by 39 while Leeton added 20.
Further east, Wagga Wagga is estimated to have added 515 people, for a total of 65,258 and Albury added 648 to reach 54,353.
Griffith's mayor described the population growth as positive and said it was due to the industries, lifestyle and services in the city.
"Some of the forecasts suggest that we would flatline, or even reduce," Councillor Dal Broi said.
"One of our advantages is that we have processors of our agricultural product," he said.
Whether it was wineries, abattoirs or juice companies, the ability to add value to primary product was a key part of the city's economy.
A variety of other retail and service businesses in the city helped draw more people to Griffith.
Cr Dal Broi said many of the processing businesses were still operating - with suitable changes - during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have a business that grows quails, one of the biggest quail producers in Australia. It shows the diversity of processing plants (in Griffith). They work under the radar but add to our economic wealth of the community."
Cr Dal Broi said the next challenge would keeping that growth following a years of low general security water allocations and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"One of my main goals is to make sure that through this pandemic, Griffith comes out of it with a reasonably sound financial position," he said.
Helping that make possible were several projects under way from locals and businesses, Cr Dal Broi said council's focus was in facilitating the progress of those projects.
"We've got to do what we can for our community, so our businesses and processor can continue to operate and grow our area," he said.