Dale Sams wrote:
Regardless, re: how many Vulcans are left...
some 10,000. There are no colonies.
Old Spock: "I have already located a planet suitable for us to settle as a colony."
Makes sense. I think Enterprise said or implied that the Vulcans were content to just be minor explorers.
edit: Also having watched it again this afternoon, with time to pause and reflect...I'm more than prepared to upgrade the film from really really good to...'fantastic'.
Sheer percentages would indicate more than 10,000 people were off planet at the time. Take... America today. Boom, blow it up. I guarantee there are more than 10,000 Americans alone outside of the country right now. Tourists, military personnel, businesses, foreign embassies, etc. And we're just 300 million as opposed to the 6 billion figure offered.
I think the 10,000 number was just survivors off Vulcan and that there had to be people off world, especially given it's part of the Federation. Especially when Enterprise establishes they have outposts and temples on other worlds. They probably have full fledged colonies too.