Originally Posted by REWahoo
The total number of members is currently 13,833 (from the drop-down "Community" link above). Who knows how many lurkers - probably well over 50,000.
As to the inception date, here's some info: The History of Early-Retirement.org
I'm fairly new to the forum and just read this link, along with the embedded links. It's tremendous! It should be "required reading" for all new members. But, I expect someone has already concluded that and added links that I just missed until now.
Thanks very much for the effort! Also, I can't resist noting that both the ER founder and the author of this thorough history (you) are from The great state of Texas; no surprise.