ConclusionsThe CoS has never produced a shred of evidence to support its 'millions of members' claim. On the contrary, all other demographic data published by the CoS appears to contradict it.CoS claims for national membership in European countries indicate a worldwide total of about half a million members. This seems to be a 'second layer' of claims, consistent with each other. It may equate to local mailing lists.Below this lies a 'third layer' of claims such as staff numbers, magazine circulation figures and auditing hours. These point to a lower figure again.Finally we have some independent data - national censuses. These also indicate a much lower figure.An article in the Observer newspaper, October 1, 2006:While it claims to have 10 million members worldwide, independent experts estimate the number as closer to 100,000.which summed it up nicely. Plus, it's nice to called an independent expert even if I'm not! The ARIS 2008 result, if confirmed by data from other countries, may indicate that the worldwide estimate needs to be revised downwards to more like 50,000, but 'below 100,000' seems a safe bet.
Do you know how many people are part of the Sea Org at Gold and do you know how many are employed by all the various Scientology entities world wide? Rough estimates are fine. I'm trying to get a picture of how many people are Scientologists that don't also work for them in some way.Thank you!
under 2,000 active members. The 2001 UK Census recorded 1,839 people who identified themselves as being Scientologists. As of 2007 the CoS claimed 120,000 UK members.
this would make one gigantic project, accumulating these numbers, if anyone wanted to take it on.
According to Ellen Maher-Forney, the church’s regional representative for the Midwest, there are about 1,000 Scientologists in the area, which has been based since 1991 at 1011 Nicollet Ave. in downtown Minneapolis.Overall, the Minneapolis branch serves about 7,000 members that the Clearwater-Fla.-based Church of Scientology has in the five-state region—including Wisconsin, northern Iowa and the Dakotas, according to Maher-Forney.About three dozen staff members see to that work out of the Nicollet Avenue offices. But Maher-Forney said that “approximately 200” staff members will be occupying the new regional headquarters in St. Paul.
Introduction and ScopeThis profile report provides brief information and analysis of demographic characteristics, business concentration, industry make up and lists of high-growth occupations within Mt. San Jacinto College Service area. The reports is aimed at assisting MSJC administration in decision-making regarding future educational and training programs that would be appropriate and timely for the current demographic and economic situation in the area.The analysis in this report includes data for the following ZIP codes falling into the service area of Mt. San Jacinto College (see GIS Map on the next page) ...snip... see PDF.
The actual number of practicing sci's has been a topic of discussion for many years. Here's a little derail. Is there enough members to feed the machine from a financial pov? It must cost a bundle in operating costs. If membership dwindles across the board and the front groups possibly being marginalized, where does the day to day cash flow come from? Outside investments? Rental of sci owned real estate to the wog world?