Amish have lived in Iowa for over 160 years. The oldest and largest community in Iowa is found in Johnson and Washington Counties, around the town of Kalona.
Iowa has a significant but relatively modest Amish population given its long history. Amish in Iowa number around 7,000 today (see Young Center Amish Studies website).
Facts on Amish communities in Iowa:
- Amish in some Iowa settlements milk goats and even sheep
- One of the most conservative Amish settlements of all is found in Buchanan County, Iowa
- The Amana people are an Iowa religious group who once practiced communal living, and who are often confused with the Amish
Read more in this new Amish State Guide entry on Iowa Amish.
Also: a directory of Iowa Amish furniture dealers.
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