List of U.S. states by Amish population

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

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

The data for 2015 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center".[4]

The percentage of the state population is for 2015 and the data came from census.gov.[better source needed]

State Amish
Population
in 1992
Amish
Population
in 2000
Amish
Population
in 2010
Amish
Population
in 2015
Amish Population
% of general Po-
pulation in 2015
Ohio 43,200 49,750 59,103 69,255 0.60%
Pennsylvania 35,200 40,100 58,009 68,820 0.54%
Indiana 25,200 32,650 45,144 50,955 0.77%
Wisconsin 7,800 10,250 14,957 17,665 0.31%
New York 4,700 5,000 10,787 17,280 0.09%
Michigan 6,500 9,300 10,218 14,495 0.15%
Missouri 5,200 6,100 9,833 11,230 0.18%
Kentucky 1,500 5,150 8,172 11,010 0.25%
Iowa 3,700 4,850 7,179 8,785 0.28%
Illinois 3,200 4,200 6,267 7,280 0.06%
Minnesota 1,500 1,600 2,765 4,535 0.08%
Tennessee 800 1,500 1,948 2,750 0.04%
Maryland 1,000 800 1,512 1,485 0.02%
Delaware 1,300 1,100 1,424 1,500 0.16%
Kansas 800 1,100 940 2,025 0.07%
Virginia - 500 547 1,080 0.01%
Oklahoma 300 700 523 810 0.02%
Montana - 550 363 540 0.05%
Colorado - - 330 675 0.01%
Nebraska - - 275 810 0.04%
West Virginia - - 217 225 0.01%
Maine - - 203 675 0.05%
Mississippi - - 175 150 0.01%
Arkansas - - 130 270 0.01%
North Carolina - - 127 135 < 0.01%
Florida* - - 125 75 < 0.01%
Texas - - 52 75 < 0.01%
South Dakota - - 31 95 0.01%
Idaho - - - 75 < 0.01%
Wyoming - - - 75 < 0.01%
Vermont - - - 15 < 0.01%

* 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%."[5]

There was an Amish settlement in Honduras from about 1968 to 1978 but the settlement failed.[6] 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.[7]

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