As they do each year, the Young Center has published estimated numbers for the Amish population in 2015.
A few highlights from the figures:
- Amish communities are now found in 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The new state this year is Vermont. A fresh settlement in the Green Mountain State made news back in July.
- Also new on the Amish map: the province of New Brunswick (a potential settlement on Prince Edward Island has apparently not yet materialized).
- The current number of settlements is at 501, with around 20 being founded in the past year.
- If you’re Amish, odds are you live in one of three states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Indiana, together home to 63% of the Amish population.
- Most settlements are small. Over half (52%) are just one church district in size.
- The current Amish population is estimated to be 300,000 individuals.
Thanks to their large families and tendency to keep their own within the faith, the Amish continue to grow at a significant pace. The Young Center estimates that the Amish population has increased by 50,000 since 2010.