Here's the scenario:
Today I discovered that the U.S Census Bureau erred with the geographic placement of a population of prison inmates. The prison is in Town A, and the population was placed with the data for Town B. The Bureau today admitted their geocoding error, but it's too late to change the "official figures."
This error creates a significant change in the population growth figure, as illustrated below:
Town A -26.26% +7.35%
Town B +20.25% +5.75%
[Edit: my kingdom for a table editor!]
The actual number involved is small: 242 persons. But, given the small populations of the towns involved, this error makes a significant difference when evaluating population growth rates.
We are working on our regional comprehensive plan right now, and are discussion how to deal with this error in our demographic analysis. No significant population threshold for municipal finances is involved here, thankfully.
I beseach the Throbbing Braintm for its communal guidance. How could we best address this error in our comprehensive plan?