List of U.S. states by Amish population Article

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Old Order Amish population in the 20th century

In 2018 there were 31 states of the United States that had a significant Amish population. Following are populations by state per the results.

The data for 1992 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center". [1]

The data for 2000 are from a book published in 2001 ( Donald Kraybill, The Riddle of Amish Culture). [2]

The data for 2010 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center". [3] The 2010 census of Amish population was published in 2012, compiled by Elizabeth Cooksey, professor of sociology, and Cory Anderson, a graduate student in rural sociology, both at The Ohio State University. [4] It was commissioned by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies for the 2010 U.S. Religion Census (published in 2012). [4] [5]

The data for 2018 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center". [6]

The percentage of the state population is from a 2018 estimate. [7]

Amish population by state and date
State 1992 2000 2010 2018 Increase
2010–2018
% of the state's
population, 2018
% of the total U.S. Amish
population, 2018
Pennsylvania 32,710 40,100 59,350 76,620 Increase29.1% 0.60% ~24%
Ohio 34,830 49,750 58,590 75,830 Increase29.4% 0.65% ~23%
Indiana 23,405 32,650 43,710 54,825 Increase25.4% 0.82% ~17%
Wisconsin 6,785 10,250 15,360 21,035 Increase37% 0.36% 6.5%
New York 4,050 5,000 12,015 19,835 Increase65% 0.10% ~6%
Michigan 5,150 9,300 11,350 15,465 Increase36.3% 0.15% ~5%
Missouri 3,745 6,100 9,475 12,860 Increase35.7% 0.21% ~4%
Kentucky 2,625 5,150 7,750 12,630 Increase63% 0.28% ~4%
Iowa 3,525 4,850 7,190 9,475 Increase31.8% 0.30% ~3%
Illinois 2,940 4,200 6,860 7,825 Increase14.1% 0.06% ~2%
Minnesota 1,135 1,600 3,150 4,385 Increase39.2% 0.08% ~1%
Tennessee 750 1,500 2,125 3,220 Increase51.5% 0.05% > 1%
Kansas 675 1,100 1,485 1,725 Increase16.2% 0.06% >
Delaware 1,200 1,100 1,350 1,650 Increase22.2% 0.17% >
Maryland 810 800 1,350 1,575 Increase16.7% > >
Virginia 75 500 300 1,230 Increase310% > >
Montana 270 550 675 780 Increase15.6% 0.07% >
Maine 225 755 Increase235% 0.06% >
Oklahoma 540 700 675 645 Decrease4.4% > >
Colorado 810 600 Decrease25.9% > >
Nebraska 150 390 Increase160% > >
West Virginia 225 300 Increase33.3% > >
Mississippi 75 260 Increase247% > >
North Carolina 75 75 260 Increase247% > >
Arkansas 225 240 Increase6.7% > >
Wyoming 105 Increase > >
Florida* 75 75 100 Increase33.3% > >
South Dakota 75 85 Increase13.3% > >
Idaho 75 Increase > >
Texas 405 75 65 Decrease13.3% > >
Vermont 55 Increase > >
Georgia 75 Decrease > >
Total 125,850 175,200 244,770 324,900 Increase32.7% 0.099% 100%
  • The settlement in Pinecraft (Sarasota), Florida is very atypical and its population varies a lot according to the season.

According to Albrecht Powell, the Pennsylvania Amish are not the largest group of U.S. Amish as is commonly thought. The Amish have settled in as many as twenty-four states and Canada, and Central America, though about 65% are located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. The greatest concentration of Amish is in Holmes and adjoining counties in northeast Ohio, about 78 miles south of Cleveland. Next in size is a group of Amish people in Elkhart and surrounding counties in northeastern Indiana. Then comes the Amish settlement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Amish population in the U.S. numbers more than 270,000 and is growing rapidly, due to large family size (seven children on average) and a church-member retention rate of approximately 80%." [8]

There was an Amish settlement in Honduras from about 1968 to 1978 but the settlement failed. [9] In 2015 new settlements of New Order Amish were founded in Argentina and Bolivia. In Canada new settlements were founded in New Brunswick in 2015 and on Prince Edward Island in 2016. [10]

Largest settlements, 2018

Settlement in: State Estimated
population
Change in
population
*
Percentage
of population
Lancaster County area Pennsylvania 38,095 Increase3.18% 7.02%
Holmes County area Ohio 35,850 Increase2.05% 81.55%
Elkhart/ LaGrange counties area Indiana 24,955 Increase3.10% 10.21%
Geauga County area Ohio 19,055 Increase2.17% 20.29%
Adams County area Indiana 8,855 Increase3.02% 24.95%
Nappanee area Indiana 6,030 Increase2.03% ...
Daviess County area Indiana 5,005 Increase3.09% 15.11%
Arthur area Illinois 4,555 Increase3.29% ...
Mifflin County area Pennsylvania 3,870 Decrease0.89% 8.34%
Allen County area Indiana 3,265 Increase2.35% 0.87%
Indiana County area Pennsylvania 3,110 Increase4.19% 3.66%
Seymour area Missouri 2,805 Increase5.25% 7.25%
  • Change in population (Increase/Decrease) is calculated for the a period of a year (2017→2018).

Source: 2017 [11], 2018 [12]

References

  1. ^ "Amish Population Change 1992-2013 (Alphabetical Order)". Population Trends 1992-2013. 21-Year Highlights. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ Donald Kraybill (2001). The Riddle of Amish Culture. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN  978-0-8018-6772-9.
  3. ^ Amish Studies: "Population Change 2010-2015"
  4. ^ a b Emily Caldwell (July 27, 2012). "Estimate: A new Amish community is founded every three and a half weeks in US". Phys.org. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  5. ^ 2010 U.S. Religion Census, official website.
  6. ^ "Amish Population, 2018". Elizabethtown College, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  7. ^ "US States - Ranked by Population 2018". World Population Review. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ Powell, Albrecht. "Amish 101 - Amish Beliefs, Culture & Lifestyle, History of the Amish in America,". about.com. Retrieved 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= ( help)
  9. ^ Cory Anderson and Jennifer Anderson. "The Amish Settlement in Honduras, 1968-1978" in Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 4,1, pages 1-50.
  10. ^ 2016 Amish Population: Two New Settlements In South America at amishamerica.com.
  11. ^ "Twelve largest settlements, 2017". Groups.etown.edu. June 25, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "Twelve largest settlements, 2018". Groups.etown.edu. Retrieved September 11, 2018.