13 responses to Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower
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    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (August 20th, 2008 at 20:03)

    Hi, Erik. Do you have any information on how Michigan fared? I do know of new settlements that are farther way from the Indiana border. New signs have gone up in the last year not far from where I live, informing people that Amish buggies are now on the road, too.

    I did find the 2008 data on your Young Center site. I see that Michigan has the 5th largest population in the U.S. I didn’t realize it was ranked quite that high.

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    KY mom
    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (August 20th, 2008 at 22:04)

    I just read the article that you are referring to. One thing led to another and eventually I found this blog. I am enjoying what I am reading and I am adding this site to my favorites.

    I have some questions. Living in Central KY, I know there are Amish and Mennonites living in the area. Upon first view, how do I distinguish if someone is Amish or Mennonite? Also, are they allowed to have friendships with the English? I would really like to befriend some ladies if that is a possibility. And, one day we were stopped at a traffic light when a buggy pulled up alongside of us. I was so thrilled to see these folks up close that I waved to them. Was that okay or was that inappropriate? My husband looked at me as if I was nuts.

    KY mom

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    KY mom
    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (August 21st, 2008 at 10:16)

    Thank you for this information. I will be on the lookout to make some new friends!

    KY mom

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    Comment on Michigan Amish growth rate (August 21st, 2008 at 06:39)

    Michigan Amish growth rate

    Hi John, Michigan did pretty well. It went from 23 to 34 settlements (48% growth), 39 to 78 church districts (100%), and approximately 5,265 to 10,530 total population. Michigan like Wisconsin or Missouri is a state with a lot of smaller-sized settlements so that’s interesting you’ve seen some new ones in your neck of the woods.

    Don’t know if you saw it but there is a nice chart if you click on ‘statistics’, then ‘population trends 1992-2008’–in the first paragraph on this page there is another link: ‘Population Change 1992-2008 tables’ which gives state-by-state info.

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    Comment on Differences in appearance--Mennonites and Amish (August 21st, 2008 at 06:51)

    Differences in appearance--Mennonites and Amish

    Generally, Old Order Mennonites can be distinguished by a few features. Men are beardless and both sexes wear patterned clothing (ie plaid shirts and checked dresses) whereas Amish tend to wear only solids. Typical OOM hat styles differ from typical Amish ones–they are often black and with a smaller brim. Mennonite girls often wear their hair in braids while Amish girls wear the head covering. Also, Old Order Mennonites usually have electricity in the home, while Old Order Amish do not. Like the Amish they are certainly not prevented from having friendships with English (though some, depending on general openness to outsiders, will be easier to approach than others), so KY mom you did fine by waving! You ought to try to make some acquaintances.

    Also check out this post:


    in it there is a link to a blog called Prairie Bluestem, written by Genevieve who lives in the Christian County area of Kentucky. The link will take you to a post of hers where she has written in a lot of detail on that community.

    And thanks, I’m glad you found it!

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    John Lueders
    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (August 21st, 2008 at 14:45)

    Greetings from Wisconsin. Thanks for all the informative blogs. I’ve been lucky to know and visit Amish throughout the state and have seen first hand a settlement (near Amherst, Wi.) of 30+ years and 70+ families all leave within a five year span. Most settlements are conservative with a few more progressive by their affiliation with the Pennsylvania Amish.
    Have you ever visited any Amish in Wisconsin? There is quite a diverse cross section of Amish and Mennonites here. And by the population/growth, it is a quite popular destination. Thanks again for all you write.

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    Comment on Amish migration-Wisconsin (August 22nd, 2008 at 07:53)

    Amish migration-Wisconsin

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the message! That is interesting what you write on Wisconsin, in fact it seems like that state, though it has grown a lot in Amish population in recent years, has had very high out-migration. You can see it in this table here: http://www2.etown.edu/amishstudies/PDF/Statistics/Migration_2002_2007.pdf

    Looks like it is 3rd-highest with regard to out-migrants, after the much bigger Amish states of OH and PA. But it’s still been one of the big growers over the 1992-2008 period, with 117%.

    On the Amish Studies site it’s pointed out that NY had the largest net gain of migrants for the 2002-07 period.

    I have never personally been to Wisconsin but being America’s dairyland I can understand the attraction for Amish farmers!

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    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (August 22nd, 2008 at 21:06)

    Do these figures take into account Swartzentruber Amish? I thought they didn’t consider other Amish people “real Amish,” and so didn’t really communicate much with them.

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    Comment on Relations between conservative and progressive Amish (August 25th, 2008 at 07:47)

    Relations between conservative and progressive Amish

    Hi Marc, these do take into account the Swartzentruber groups. In theory, the degree to which a Swartzentruber group would engage other Amish groups would depend at least partially on how ‘low’ the other group is, ie how close its church rules are in relation to the Swartzentrubers. This doesn’t mean that they would do things like exchange ministers with groups that they are not in affiliation with, but general neighborly contact is not out of line. There are actually 3 Swartzentruber affiliations in the Holmes-Wayne Counties settlement, and as I understand it those 3 are not in affiliation with one another.

    Swartzentruber Amish frequently find employment in shops belonging to non-Swartzentruber Amish. I wouldn’t be surprised if Swartzentrubers were to look critically on the ways of higher-order Amish, as the higher-order groups have been known to see the Swartzentrubers as backward cousins in a way. To be honest I have never asked Swartzentruber members about that, but have heard a fair share of negative-leaning commentary from higher groups about the Swartzentrubers.

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    Rosa Sater
    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (June 4th, 2009 at 11:54)

    do you by any chance know which counties in Indiana have the highest numbers (or proportion) of Amish? Thanks so much. Rosa Salter

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    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (June 6th, 2009 at 05:29)

    Hi Rosa, population-wise Lagrange and Elkhart have the most Amish, with other big population centers in and around Adams, Allen, Daviess counties, as well as around the town of Napannee.

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    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (February 4th, 2011 at 00:41)

    I am building a house in Southern Colorado. Are there any Amish that can build my cabinets and furnitures?

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    Comment on Amish growing like mushrooms after a rain shower (February 4th, 2011 at 09:50)

    I don’t know if there are any cabinet makers or furniture makers in these communities, but there are Amish near Monte Vista, La Jara, and Westcliffe. There is also a 4th community, but I don’t know where it is. You will just have to go the communities and ask until you find someone. Good Luck!

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