10 Facts About Scientology That Are Shocking But True

10. In 2004, the Church of Scientology claimed a worldwide membership of 15 million.

Even coming up with a rough estimate on just how many Scientologists there are in the world is a tough one. The church has repeatedly been accused of inflating its membership figures, a 2004 statement by the church placing the worldwide figure at 15 million (which included even those who went through the introductory course but didn’t continue on) and a church official claiming in 2007 that there were 3.5 million members in America alone. Meanwhile, a 2001 survey by the City University of New York placed USA membership at only 55,000, with other observers putting the figure at 200,000 maximum worldwide. In fact, in 2008, the American Religious Identification Survey found that Scientologists in America had dwindled in number to around only 25,000. However, the small estimates by independent groups are explained by Scientologists as being caused by their members’ habit of keeping their membership secret.
10. In 2004, the Church of Scientology claimed a worldwide membership of 15 million.