List of U.S. states by Amish population

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Old Order Amish population in the 20th century

In 2010 there were 28 states of the United States that had a significant Amish population. 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.[1] It was commissioned by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies for the 2010 U.S. Religion Census (published in 2012).[1][2] Following are populations by state per the results.

The data for 1992 are from a book published in 1993 (John A. Hostetler, Amish Society).

The data for 2000 are from a book published in 2001 (Donald Kraybill, The Riddle of Amish Culture).[3]

The data for 2010 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center".[4]

The data for 2017 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center".[5]

The percentage of the state population is from a 2017 estimate.[6]

State Amish
Population
in 1992
Amish
Population
in 2000
Amish
Population
in 2010
Amish
Population
in 2017
% of the state
population in 2017
proportion
% of total US Amish
population in 2017
Pennsylvania 35,200 40,100 59,350 74,250 0.58% 23.3%
Ohio 43,200 49,750 58,590 73,780 0.63% 23.2%
Indiana 25,200 32,650 43,710 53,075 0.80% 16.7%
Wisconsin 7,800 10,250 15,360 20,095 0.35% 6.3%
New York 4,700 5,000 12,015 18,575 0.09% 5.8%
Michigan 6,500 9,300 11,350 15,040 0.15% 4.7%
Missouri 5,200 6,100 9,475 12,320 0.20% 3.9%
Kentucky 1,500 5,150 7,750 12,060 0.27% 3.8%
Iowa 3,700 4,850 7,190 8,985 0.28% 2.8%
Illinois 3,200 4,200 6,860 7,505 0.06% 2.4%
Minnesota 1,500 1,600 3,150 4,090 0.07% 1.3%
Tennessee 800 1,500 2,125 3,035 0.04% < 1%
Kansas 800 1,100 1,485 1,775 0.06% <
Maryland 1,000 800 1,350 1,605 0.03% <
Delaware 1,300 1,100 1,350 1,595 0.16% <
Virginia 500 300 1,040 0.01% <
Montana 550 675 780 0.07% <
Maine 225 665 0.05% <
Oklahoma 300 700 675 645 0.02% <
Colorado 810 485 < 0.01% <
Nebraska 150 420 0.02% <
Mississippi 75 255 < 0.01% <
West Virginia 225 245 0.01% <
Arkansas 225 235 < 0.01% <
North Carolina - 75 235 < 0.01% <
Wyoming 100 < 0.01% <
Florida* 75 75 < 0.01% <
South Dakota 75 75 < 0.01% <
Idaho 75 < 0.01% <
Texas 75 60 < 0.01% <
Vermont 40 < 0.01% <
Total 128,150 166,000 249,500 318,400 0.098% 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%."[7]

There was an Amish settlement in Honduras from about 1968 to 1978 but the settlement failed.[8] 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.[9]

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