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]

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

* 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, 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 100 miles from Pittsburgh. 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]

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