Scientology Clears - Scientology's Stats Are Down

What's Your Clear Number?

One of Scientology's main goals is to "clear the planet" - to get everyone on Earth to the state of Clear.

Based on data compiled from Scientology magazines - particularly The Auditor, which typically lists all new Clear attests - the majority of Clear attests happened during the late 1970s. During that time period, it was common for hundreds of Scientologists to attest to Clear each month. In the past few years, Clear attests have dwindled to a few dozen a year.

Clear Lists | Examining the Data | Graph | Table

The Clear List project is dedicated to Ida Camburn. Ida has been a tenacious Scientology watcher ever since her once-loving son became involved in Scientology and disconnected from her. For years, Ida collected Scientology publications and scanned the lists of names, searching for news of her son and making notes on Scientology movers and shakers along the way. In accordance with Scientology's vengeful policies, Ida's actions - including attending support groups, writing to her elected officials, and sharing information with other disconnected families - have been met with stalking and harassment by Scientology operatives. This project honors the pioneering work Ida did, and the loving concern she shares with the thousands of others who have lost family members to Scientology's practice of disconnection.

Clear Lists

The primary sources for these statistics are Scientology's Auditor magazine.

I have a complete run of Auditor magazines from 1977, 1978, and 1979. This was the most productive period for Clear attests in Scientology history: recent Auditors contain the claim that "There are now more than 50,000 Clears!" Nearly 20,000 Clear attests were announced between issue 131 - January 1977, which claimed 5812 Clears - and issue 166 - November 1979, which claimed over 26,000 Clears.

Note that the magazine stopped listing Clear Numbers in 1986 and stopped printing even an approximated total number of clears ("nearly 50,000" or "over 50,000") in 1999.

The following lists of Clear attests were taken from Auditor magazines. More will be added as I get them.

Issue           Approximate
Date
Number of
Clears Listed
Stated Total
Clears
Highest Clear
Number Listed
Auditor 119 January 1976 33 5100 5100
Auditor 120 February 1976 38 5138 5138
Auditor 121 March 1976 21 5190 5190
Auditor 122 April 1976 56 5246 5246
Auditor 123 May 1976 45 5331 5331
Auditor 124 June 1976 38 5390 5390
Auditor 125 July 1976 15 5405 5405
Auditor 126 August 1976 63 5488 5488
Auditor 127 September 1976 53 5541 5541
Auditor 128 October 1976 54 5615 5615
Auditor 129 November 1976 54 5669 5669
Auditor 130 December 1976 62 5792 5792
  Total for 1976 532    
Auditor 131 January 1977 20 5812 5812
Auditor 132 February 1977 40 5853 5853
Auditor 133 March 1977 27 5880 5880
Auditor 134 April 1977 37 5917 5917
Auditor 135 May 1977 11 5928 5928
Auditor 136 June 1977 38 6044 6044
Auditor 137 July 1977 21 6066 6066
Auditor 138 August 1977 39 6106 6106
Auditor 139 September 1977 45 6192 6192
Auditor 140 October 1977 11 6203 6203
Auditor 141 November 1977 27 6230 6230
Auditor 142 December 1977 23 6253 6253
  Total for 1977 339    
Auditor 143 January 1978 22 6322 6322
Auditor 144 February 1978 12 6334 6334
Auditor 145 March 1978 20 6353 6353
Auditor 146 April 1978 17 6370 6370
Auditor 147 May 1978 25 6395 6395
Auditor 148 June 1978 12 6487 6487
Auditor 149 July 1978 29 6513 6513
Auditor 150 August 1978 723 Clear Tally Soars! 7462
Auditor 151 September 1978 17 6553 6553
Auditor 152 October 1978 20 6573 6573
Auditor 153 November 1978 21 6594 6594
Auditor 154 December 1978 756 8731 8731
  Total for 1978 1674    
Auditor 155 January 1979 244 8978 8978
Auditor 156 February 1979 559 9538 9539
Auditor 157 March 1979 1085 11733 11,733
Auditor 158 April 1979 786 12534 12,534
Auditor 159 May 1979 643 13176 13,176
Auditor 160 June 1979 556 15744 15,744
Auditor 161 July 1979 28 15773 15,773
Auditor 162 August 1979 407 16182 16,182
Auditor 163 September 1979 1070 19602 19,602
  Total for 1979 5378    
Auditor 164 February 1980 880 over 20,000 20,445
Auditor 165 April 1980 0 over 25,000 (none)
Auditor 166 July 1980 654 over 26,000 22633
Auditor 167 October 1980 146 over 27,000 22773
Auditor 168 December 1980 121 over 27,000 22894
  Total for 1980 1801    
Auditor 169 May 1981 101 (none) 22999
Auditor 170 September 1981 48 (none) 23050
Auditor 171 November 1981 357 (none) 25118
Auditor 172 December 1981 142 (none) 25385
  Total for 1981 648    
Auditor 173 February 1982 270 (none) 25662
Auditor 174 April 1982 93 32125 (none)
Auditor 175 May 1982 219 (none) 27132
Auditor 176 June 1982 49 (none) 27515
Auditor 177 July 1982 45 (none) 27602
Auditor 178 August 1982 260 (none) 27865
Auditor 179 September 1982 55 (none) 28042
Auditor 180 October 1982 174 (none) 28502
Auditor 181 November 1982 39 (none) 28678
Auditor 182 December 1982 136 (none) 30204
  Total for 1982 1340    
Auditor 183 January 1983 94 (none) 24082
Auditor 184 February 1983 102 (none) 24184
Auditor 185 March 1983 26 (none) 26201
Auditor 186 April 1983 66 (none) 28372
Auditor 187 May 1983 47 (none) 26324
Auditor 188 July 1983 62 (none) 26387
  Total for 1983 397    
Auditor 189 January 1984 53 (none) 30630
Auditor 190 April 1984 39 (none) 30511
Auditor 191 June 1984 57 (none) 33017
Auditor 192 July 1984 40 (none) 33020
Auditor 193 September 1984      
Auditor 194 December 1984 42 (none) 31105
  Total for 1984 231    
Auditor 195 March 1985 37 (none) 31927
Auditor 196 May 1985 127 (none) 32691
Auditor 197 July 1985 199 38926 38926
Auditor 198 August 1985 32 38960 (none)
Auditor 199 September 1985 7 (none) (none)
Auditor 200 December 1985 8 (none) 33054
  Total for 1985 410    
Auditor 201 April 1986 6 (none) (none)
Auditor 202 June 1986      
Auditor 203 July 1986 7 33070 33070
Auditor 204 September 1986 12 33075 33075
Auditor 205 October 1986 5 33080 33080
Auditor 206 November 1986 30 33082 (none)
Auditor 207 December 1986      
Auditor 208 December 1986 6 33086 (none)
  Total for 1986 66    
Auditor 209 January 1987 64 33086 (none)
Auditor 210 March 1987 25 33086 (none)
Auditor 211 May 1987 46 33088 (none)
Auditor 212 August 1987 19 (none) (none)
Auditor 213 September 1987      
Auditor 214 October 1987 25 (none) (none)
Auditor 215 November 1987 21 (none) (none)
Auditor 216 December 1987 62 (none) (none)
  Total for 1987 262    
Auditor 217 February 1988      
Auditor 218 April 1988      
Auditor 219 June 1988 15 (none) (none)
Auditor 220 August 1988 6 (none) (none)
Auditor 221 October 1988 18 (none) (none)
Auditor 222 December 1988      
  Total for 1988 39    
Auditor 223 February 1989 14 (none) (none)
Auditor 224 March 1989      
Auditor 225 May 1989 11 (none) (none)
Auditor 226 July 1989 49 (none) (none)
Auditor 227 September 1989 25 (none) (none)
Auditor 228 October 1989 18 (none) (none)
Auditor 229 November 1989 9 (none) (none)
Auditor 230 November 1989 12 (none) (none)
Auditor 231 December 1989 10 (none) (none)
  Total for 1989 148    
Auditor 232 January 1990 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 233 April 1990 24 (none) (none)
Auditor 234 April 1990 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 235 June 1990 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 236 October 1990 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 237 November 1990 16 (none) (none)
  Total for 1990 40    
Auditor 238 February 1991 8 (none) (none)
Auditor 239 April 1991      
Auditor 240 June 1991 6 (none) (none)
Auditor 241 September 1991 31 (none) (none)
  Total for 1991 45    
Auditor 242 May 1992 183 (none) (none)
Auditor 243 July 1992 70 (none) (none)
Auditor 244 August 1992 92 (none) (none)
Auditor 245 September 1992 93 (none) (none)
  Total for 1992 438    
Auditor 246 June 1993 138 47967 (none)
Auditor 247 July 1993      
Auditor 248 August 1993 77 48133 (none)
Auditor 249 December 1993 26 48518 (none)
  Total for 1993 241    
Auditor 250 March 1994      
Auditor 251 June 1994 127 48999 (none)
Auditor 252 September 1994      
Auditor 253 December 1994 0 49273 (none)
  Total for 1994 127    
Auditor 254 September 1995 113 49539 (none)
Auditor 255 October 1995 24 49607 (none)
Auditor 256 November 1995      
Auditor 257 December 1995 26 49656 (none)
  Total for 1995 163    
Auditor 258 February 1996 59 49715 (none)
Auditor 259 March 1996 29 49764 (none)
Auditor 260 June 1996 28 49880 (none)
Auditor 261 September 1996 12 over 50,000 (none)
Auditor 262 November 1996 12 over 50,000 (none)
  Total for 1996 140    
Auditor 263 January 1997 25 over 50,000 (none)
Auditor 264 March 1997 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 265 April 1997 9 over 50,000 (none)
Auditor 266 May 1997 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 267 June 1997 26 over 50,000 (none)
Auditor 268 July 1997 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 269 September 1997 24 over 50,000 (none)
Auditor 270 December 1997 16 over 50,000 (none)
  Total for 1997 100    
Auditor 271 January 1998 5 over 50,000 (none)
Auditor 272 February 1998      
Auditor 273 March 1998 15 over 40,337 (none)
Auditor 274 June 1998 11 40,446 (none)
Auditor 275 August 1998      
Auditor 276 November 1998 11 nearly 50,000 (none)
Auditor 277 December 1998      
  Total for 1998 42    
Auditor 278 January 1999 9 nearly 50,000 (none)
Auditor 279 March 1999      
Auditor 280 May 1999 32 (none) (none)
Auditor 281 June 1999 12 (none) (none)
Auditor 282 August 1999      
Auditor 283 November 1999 6 (none) (none)
Auditor 284 December 1999 8 (none) (none)
  Total for 1999 67    
Auditor 285 February 2000 22 (none) (none)
Auditor 286 April 2000      
Auditor 287 June 2000      
Auditor 288 August 2000 9 (none) (none)
Auditor 289 October 2000      
Auditor 290 December 2000 2 (none) (none)
  Total for 2000 33    
Auditor 291 January 2001 1 (none) (none)
Auditor 292 February 2001 3 (none) (none)
Auditor 293 March 2001 1 (none) (none)
Auditor 294 April 2001 6 (none) (none)
Auditor 295 June 2001 5 (none) (none)
Auditor 296 October 2001 13 (none) (none)
Auditor 297 December 2001 11 (none) (none)
  Total for 2001 40    
Auditor 298 February 2002 4 (none) (none)
Auditor 299 March 2002 8 (none) (none)
Auditor 300 May 2002 14 (none) (none)
Auditor 301 July 2002 9 (none) (none)
Auditor 302 September 2002 15 (none) (none)
Auditor 303 December 2002 12 (none) (none)
  Total for 2002 62    
Auditor 304 January 2003 41 (none) (none)
Auditor 305 February 2003 30 (none) (none)
Auditor 306 March 2003 9 (none) (none)
Auditor 307 April 2003 13 (none) (none)
Auditor 308 May 2003 24 (none) (none)
Auditor 309 June 2003 3 (none) (none)
Auditor 310 July 2003 23 (none) (none)
Auditor 311 August 2003 4 (none) (none)
Auditor 312 September 2003 4 (none) (none)
Auditor 313 October 2003 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 314 November 2003 0 (none) (none)
Auditor 315 December 2003 11 (none) (none)
  Total for 2003 162    
Auditor 316 March 2004 1 (none) (none)
Auditor 317 May 2004 1 (none) (none)
Auditor 318 June 2004 11 (none) (none)
Auditor 319 July 2004 3 (none) (none)
Auditor 320 August 2004 7 (none) (none)
Auditor 321 September 2004 7 (none) (none)
Auditor 322 October 2004   (none) (none)
Auditor 323 November 2004 18 (none) (none)
Auditor 324 December 2004   (none) (none)
  Total for 2004 48    
  Total for Lists I've Tallied So Far 15013    

Examining the Data: Annual Number of Clear Attests

Cornelius Krasel's Growth of Scientology page cites total numbers of Clears from various Scientology publications between 1966 and 1996.

I have created my own table, based on his numbers; where there was no specific number available (for example, 1967-1973), I approximated an average number of new Clears based on the next year for which I did have data (so, for 1967-1973, I estimated an average of 500 new Clears a year). Those years are marked below with an asterisk in the last column.

I am in the process of adding to this table and linking to the lists that appear in each issue of The Auditor.

As you can see, the number of Clear attests in recent years is tiny compared to the late 1970s. The graph and table below provide more details.

Number of New Clears Each Year, 1966-1996

 

Year Total Clears New Clears Data Approximated
1966 1 1  
1967 500 499 *
1968 1000 500 *
1969 1500 500 *
1970 2000 500 *
1971 2500 500 *
1972 3000 500 *
1973 3500 500 *
1974 4000 500  
1975 4648 648 *
1976 5296 648 *
1977 5943 647  
1978 8300 2357  
1979 21300 13000  
1980 24050 2750 *
1981 26800 2750 *
1982 29550 2750 *
1983 32311 2761  
1984 38000 5689  
1985 41550 3550 *
1986 45100 3550 *
1987 48650 3550 *
1988 52200 3550 *
1989 55750 3550 *
1990 59316 3566  
1991 55591 -3725  
1992 51866 -3725 *
1993 48133 -3733  
1994 48000 -133  
1995 49656 1656  
1996 49880 224