12 responses to 5 Amish Population Facts That Might Surprise You
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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on 5 Amish Population Facts That Might Surprise You (January 28th, 2013 at 10:15)

    Those are very interesting. I know many are coming into New York State. My hope is in the spring, summer and fall this year is to drive around my state and see more of them.

    Thank you for the information.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Will the Amish inherit the earth? (January 28th, 2013 at 12:03)

    Will the Amish inherit the earth?

    Wow! How incredible, that a new Amish settlement is founded every two to three weeks! Are these “new” settlements “followed” to see how many of these “newbies” fail after a certain amount of time, like 1 year/3 years/5 years, etc.? (I haven’t looked at the draft of the paper yet). I can see how these stats could be easily skewed.

    The more I read of Amish population growth,the more likely it seems to me that someday they may indeed “inherit the earth.” (OK with me!)Birth rates seem to be dropping (non-Amish) but I recall hearing recently that China will now allow 2-child families—that would seem to portend a potentially huge population boom in that part of the world.

    Very interesting subject!

    Alice Mary

    • Alice Mary in response to your question, in another paper by two of the authors, they estimate that for every 4-5 settlements founded, 1 settlement fails. Maybe a future America will consist of megalopolises full of English surrounded by a countryside mainly full of Amish.

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        Patty Tolliver
        Comment on 5 Amish Population Facts to Ponder (January 28th, 2013 at 16:02)

        5 Amish Population Facts to Ponder

        I think that would an amazing experience to have being surrounded by Amish. The possibilities of learning more about them and maybe adapting some of their “ways” into my own life would definitely be exciting to me. Wow!

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    Comment on Fascinating (January 28th, 2013 at 14:29)


    Erik, thanks for this information. I think that growing Amish settlements are very real demographic trend, yet still very much under the radar. A similar trend that has gone a bit more noticed is the growth in the settlement of Hasidic and Hareidi Jews in Brooklyn, NY.

    Since the Amish population is so diffuse throughout the country, they likely will continue to grow under the radar for some time to come. But it is fun to think about the changes to the commercial, agricultural, and cultural landscape the Amish may bring.

    I predict that where the Amish go, we will see a rise or revitalization of traditional trades (such as farriers, blacksmiths, and sadly…quack doctors). Communities that embrace the Amish will see a rise is small businesses, cottage industries, and perhaps additional income from tourism. Finally, it is perhaps wishful thinking, but entirely possible, that an increased Amish presence and understanding of their values would lead to a nation re-focused on peace and domestic tranquility, with the broader country as a whole benefiting.

    This is a fascinating time to be Amish, or for those who appreciate the Amish.

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on 5 Amish Population Facts That Might Surprise You (January 28th, 2013 at 20:09)

    This was a great post. Thanks for sharing this important information with us. Thanks also for providing us with the
    link to the paper “The Amish Population …” I’m going to share
    this information with a couple of Amish friends, and I know we’ll
    have an interesting time talking about it. I enjoyed your
    surmising about the future (megalopolises and the Amish countryside). I’ve had similar thoughts, but think there will
    also be huge corporate farms as well as the small Amish homesteads/
    farmsteads in the rural areas.

    • Al if you feel like asking, maybe you could pose the settlement size question to your friends. I will do the same, I am just curious how this is generally thought of. I suspect there will be different gauges of what makes a settlement “big”, or in the negative, “too big” 🙂

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    Comment on 5 Amish Population Facts That Might Surprise You (February 6th, 2013 at 09:44)

    Hi Erik,

    Is there any way to find out on a year to year basis where these new communities are established? It would be interesting to see a list of communities sorted by the founding date.

    • Matthias there is Raber’s Almanac but it doesn’t contain year of founding. There is also a migration report each year in the Diary. Those are two that come to mind that can be used to get a picture, albeit an incomplete one, of where new communities are. I don’t know of one yearly comprehensive resource listing all new communities along with the date they were founded.


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    Bill Rushby
    Comment on Listing of New Settlements byYear of Founding (August 9th, 2015 at 19:16)

    Listing of New Settlements byYear of Founding

    How about asking Edsel Burdge for an annual report of new Amish settlements?

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    Comment on 5 Amish Population Facts That Might Surprise You (January 17th, 2017 at 12:47)

    Amish Community started in Northern Vermont !!!

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