11 responses to 5 More Points on the Amish Population in 2014
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    Comment on The likelihood of Amish villages? (July 25th, 2014 at 07:03)

    The likelihood of Amish villages?

    Quick question, hypothetically, do you think that in the future the Amish would establish Amish centric villages [hypothetically speaking a cluster of homes, with maybe under 100 houses, also conventionally not wired to “the grid” as many homes are (aren’t) today], very small ones, to accommodate population growth, and start doing communal farming where multiple families work, or are supported by the crop, aside from the inclusion of non-traditional employment opportunities?

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      Comment on Changes in Amish population patterns (July 25th, 2014 at 10:33)

      Changes in Amish population patterns

      I don’t know Shom, that sounds more like what the Hutterites do. I don’t think any changes that might happen in population patterns would be so much a conscious strategic change as much as they would simply evolve in one direction or another. Amish have a long tradition of farming as individual family units, albeit with a strong communal element, which you see in things like the threshing rings.

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    Comment on Census (July 25th, 2014 at 07:39)


    Do the Amish participate in the US census?

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      Comment on Amish Census participation (July 25th, 2014 at 10:27)

      Amish Census participation

      They do. There was an interesting study on Amish wealth distribution in the Journal of Anabaptist and Pietist Studies which used Census Tract data as part of its data gathering.



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    Comment on Whitehall,NY (July 25th, 2014 at 12:37)


    Hi Erik, We are probably 1 1/2hrs from the Whitehall area. I had heard recently that the Amish had moved into that area recently+glad for them to have chosen this area of the State to settle. Hoping to get the time to check out the area soon. Take care+God Bless, Carol Ann

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on 5 More Points on the Amish Population in 2014 (July 25th, 2014 at 16:19)

    I saw your list on Suzanne’s “Amish Wisdom” blog…always nice to see a familiar face, too, in my travels ’round the ‘net.

    On the subject of the Amish population doubling every 20 years, a friend and I were bemoaning the dismal state of affairs in the world today (planes being shot down, children immigrating to escape human trafficking and worse) and we both decided we hope it’s the Amish who will eventually “inherit the earth”.

    Alice Mary

    • Glad you caught that post Alice Mary, it was fun. What you describe above is part of why I stopped watching the news a while ago. I still catch enough of what is going on that I don’t miss out on knowing. But most of it is bad news so I don’t really miss it.

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    Jessie Cochran
    Comment on 5 More Points on the Amish Population in 2014 (July 26th, 2014 at 16:23)

    Hallo Erik,

    sehr guter Artikel. I still hope that someday soon, you or one of the more avid readers and participators here on AA will make the trek to Minnesota and write a more in-depth article on the Old Order Amischen here (the church districts around Bertha, Todd County, and in Fertile, MN), along with pictures. Wieder, sehr guter Artikel!

    Am I right in thinking that Colorado (Denver?) has only one Amish settlement or church district? It’s Mennonite, right?

    Schönen Tag!

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      Comment on Minnesota and Colorado (July 26th, 2014 at 17:02)

      Minnesota and Colorado

      Hi Jessie, we do have a few articles on the Amish in Minnesota, though I certainly hope to visit in person (was in MN about 12 years ago, but that was before I knew anything about the Amish 🙂 ) Here is the state guide page, you’ll find more on MN by using the search box in the right sidebar. http://amishamerica.com/minnesota-amish/

      Colorado actually has 4 separate Old Order Amish settlements of 5 or 6 church districts total. http://amishamerica.com/colorado-amish/

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      Comment on Amish in Minnesota (July 31st, 2014 at 20:37)

      Amish in Minnesota

      As Erik knows, I just got back from the community in Fertile, as we went to stay with my son who lives there. We had an exciting week of “being Amish”. I’m trying to get some thoughts together to send Erik for the blog, so maybe you’ll eventually hear some tidbits from a recent trip there. AND! We got lots of pictures! Gorgeous there right now!

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    Comment on Amish Population Map 1964-2014 (February 6th, 2015 at 13:59)

    Amish Population Map 1964-2014


    In the article, “Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You’d Be So Wrong,” an accompanying map shows changing dots of the locations of Amish settlements in North America from 1964 to 2014.

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