Numbers Game: Fixing a Mistake

Someone told me it was a bad idea to include 644 different numbers on just two pages of the current issue of BizVoice magazine. He was probably right, but we’ll leave that judgement to the readers. The purpose here is to fix a mistake with eight of those digits.

I was just fascinated by the various population information by county that helps tell the story of metro/rural economic challenges in our state. But in combining the charts from several sources, we messed up the 2025 and 2050 population projections for four counties — St. Joseph, Scott, Shelby and Spencer.

As an astute reader pointed out, calamity must be coming to South Bend and Mishawaka if St. Joseph County was going to decrease from more than 266,000 people a few years ago to 21,000-plus in 2025. The correct number is 272,788.

The error is on Page 27 of the print edition. Again, four counties and two columns. The numbers were there, but just out of order. Here are the correct numbers.

We hope you find the data and stories in the issue interesting and thought-provoking. Thanks to those who have already provided feedback, including the catch of the mistake.

It’s far from the first error in my journalism career, and I’m certain it won’t be the last. Hopefully there is plenty of good that comes in between that helps provide information that you find interesting and entertaining.

Thank you for reading BizVoice.

No Business Like Snow Business

So you were wondering which cities have the highest average snowfall totals and how many snowplows they possess per square mile? You weren't? Oh well, here we go anyway. The point is that some of the snowiest places have far less equipment than some of their warmer weather counterparts.

Average snowfall total:

  • Buffalo, 93.6 inches (1.66 snowplows per square mile)
  • Duluth, Minnesota, 80.7 inches (0.64)
  • Cleveland, 56.9 inches (1.92)
  • Calgary, 53.3 inches (0.44)
  • Toronto, 52.4 inches (2.35)

Further down the list are some big cities with less snow and more plows. It's quite possible these major metro mayors realize their political futures could depend on how well those streets get cleaned. And the Buffaloes of the world certainly understand how to deal with the annual winter blasts they receive.

  • Chicago, 38.5 inches (2.22 snowplows per square mile)
  • New York, 28.4 inches (7.37)
  • Philadelphia, 20.5 inches (2.59)
  • Washington, D.C., 16.6 inches (3.60)