LA LINEA (Agencies) For the first time in five decades the population of La Línea de la Concepción has spilled over the 70,000 mark, a number not reached since the frontier with Gibraltar was closed by the Franco regime in 1969, when some 20,000 people left the town. The Councillor temporarily in charge of these things, Manuel Aguilera, was unable to specify if the increase was due to births or residents of foreign countries or other provinces deciding to live there. Aguilera said he was still analyzing the computrerised regter, but he knew that "Number 70,000 was a foreigner." In general, figures show that the population has been increasing steadily for a number of years; on January 1, 2000,there were 59.993 inhabitants, on January 1, 2010, the number was 64,645. These figures come from the official Census, which lags a little behind the Town Hall figures, which adjusts them as people register.