amish population size

How big is the Amish population?

As of 2011, the total Amish population is 261,150, according to the latest estimates by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.

No new states made the list this year.  So the total Amish tally remains at 28 states (and Ontario).  I guess we’ll have to wait another year for that Hawaii Amish entry.

It makes me wonder, though:  which states are most likely to join next year’s list?

I’ll take a stab at it and say North Dakota and Alabama.

Why those two?

North Dakota–Amish have a history of settling here, and had a presence for a good while in the early 20th century.  North Dakota’s economy is booming, thanks to heavy development of natural energy resources (i.e.,oil).  Still, it’s fairly remote, and I’d imagine a conservative Amish group might make a nice home here (Dakota buddy South Dakota saw its first Amish arrive last year).

Alabama–Another state which Amish once lived in long ago.  I could see families from the Ethridge, Tennessee Amish community starting a daughter settlement in the Yellowhammer State (great nickname, by the way).  Land is cheap.  Conservative Amish similar to the Ethridge group already live in next-door Mississippi.   “Alabama Amish” even rolls nicely off the tongue.  Let’s make it happen guys.

Agree?  Disagree?  Any other candidates?

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