Of course, I'm not going to count Barry in Survival Area. Would've counted him in Twinleaf Town, but SnorlaxMaster doesn't agree with that.Anyway, as for the topic at hand, as long as it's mentioned for the hometowns in the game that the player and any rivals are or are not part of the count, it doesn't really matter. As long as it's consistent, and as long as, say, Barry isn't counted in Survival Area accidentally since he's there for the rest of the game (at least in Pt).
Also, I have a question. Bianca (Bel's english name for those who don't know) actually lives in Kanoko Town after the game.... What do I do? Kanoko Town's population is 10 without her. It's 11 with her. What should I do?
And btw. Here's a surprise... Raimon City surpasses Castelia City's population... :O