List of U.S. states by Amish population
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. It was commissioned by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies for the 2010 U.S. Religion Census (published in 2012). 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 2010 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center".
The data for 2017 are from "Amish Studies - The Young Center".
The percentage of the state population is from a 2017 estimate.
|% of the state
population in 2017
% of total US Amish
population in 2017
|North Carolina||-||−||75||235||< 0.01%||<|
|South Dakota||−||−||75||75||< 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%."
There was an Amish settlement in Honduras from about 1968 to 1978 but the settlement failed. 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.
- 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.
- 2010 U.S. Religion Census, official website.
- Donald Kraybill (2001). The Riddle of Amish Culture. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-6772-9.
- Amish Studies: "Population Change 2010-2015"
- Amish Studies: "Population Change 2012-2017"
- State Populations 2017 at worldpopulationreview.com
- Powell, Albrecht. "Amish 101 - Amish Beliefs, Culture & Lifestyle, History of the Amish in America,". about.com. Retrieved 2012. Check date values in:
- 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.
- 2016 Amish Population: Two New Settlements In South America at amishamerica.com.