This AP story about Amish in Colorado (no longer online) describes the experience of Amish families who’ve headed west for lower-priced land. The few hundred who have settled in Colorado are still a tiny portion of the total Amish population. Amish have settled new areas for a variety of reasons, including land prices. With Colorado averaging $1400 per acre versus $6000 in Pennsylvania, the westward trend may very well continue.
West of the Mississippi, Amish can be found in Kansas, Montana, Iowa and other states. The largest ‘Western’ settlement is that of Seymour, Missouri, with around a dozen church districts as of 2008. Read more on Colorado Amish in the Amish State Guide.
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