11 responses to New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish in NY (November 10th, 2017 at 12:29)

    Amish in NY

    One of my favorite hobbies is looking at real estate online. I have noticed, surprisingly, NY state has some of the cheapest land in the nation. I can see why the Amish would move there. I am from NY state originally. If you are a “city dweller” you can expect very high prices, but get out into the country and it is a whole different ball game. Yes, NY has a lot of country!! I have often thought I would love to go back and get a small hobby farm in upstate NY where the land is cheap, the country-side is beautiful and it is peaceful. Maybe some day my dreams will come true?

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      Comment on New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting (November 10th, 2017 at 14:17)

      Interesting that it’s so cheap Alice, wonder how it compares to more remote, similarly farmable places.

      But I guess it goes along with the decline of family farming. Here’s a chart showing that decline which is pretty dramatic:

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/09/16/the-decline-of-the-small-american-family-farm-in-one-chart/?utm_term=.b6dce618b45c

      I hope you have the chance to get that hobby farm, I suppose the Amish haven’t gotten to all the land yet:)

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        Alice Aber
        Comment on Thanks Erik!! (November 16th, 2017 at 11:38)

        Thanks Erik!!

        I am hoping within the next couple of years I might have enough money for a down payment or possibly more. I can tell you, farm land here is at a premium. It is often 2 or 3 times higher than areas of upstate NY. And pretty much only available now when someone dies and their heirs do not want it. Sad, really.

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      OldKat
      Comment on Go for it! (November 13th, 2017 at 00:50)

      Go for it!

      You should pursue your dream Alice Aber. We are pursuing the same; though not in NY state. Yes, go for it while you still can.

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        Alice Aber
        Comment on Old Kat (November 16th, 2017 at 11:41)

        Old Kat

        Unfortunately, the only thing that stands in my way is the funding to do it. But I keep chipping away at that. Even as old as I am, I am still wanting that change of life, LOL.

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    Comment on cheap land, high taxes (November 10th, 2017 at 21:50)

    cheap land, high taxes

    I have been looking at land prices in the Ohio, PA, NY area. The upper counties of NY have the cheapest land. The “lower tier” counties (up against PA) of NY are next.
    But there are two things to remember.
    1. The further north you go the harder it is to grow row crops. In northern NY (have relatives there), they are pushing the limit to grow corn.
    2. Someone told me that NY has cheaper land than PA, but higher taxes. I don’t know if that is true, but suspect it is so. 🙂
    Mike

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      Alice Aber
      Comment on Mike - Primitive Christianity (November 16th, 2017 at 11:46)

      Mike - Primitive Christianity

      The taxes in NY state can kill you indeed, but there are a lot of tax breaks and incentives that can be had as well. Careful planning and researching ahead and I think you will find in the long run, NY is the better bargain. NY has lost a lot of citizens who do not farm and who want the most amenities. Those amenities come with a high price. The more rural it is the cheaper the cost of living, except food. But if you grow most of your own, if not all, then you can make out pretty good.

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    Nick Campiglia
    Comment on New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting (November 16th, 2017 at 09:37)

    Follow your dream
    Prices are great in upstate NY
    And with rolling feilds of green pasture and old farm houses
    Opportunity form Amish and English to enjoy is plenty
    Live along the Mohawk River near Canajoharie &Fortplain
    With many wonderful Amish communities

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      Alice Aber
      Comment on Nick Campiglia (November 16th, 2017 at 11:48)

      Nick Campiglia

      Yes, I agree. And that is such a beautiful area of NY state. I have not given up on my dream. I just need the money, LOL. “just”, LOL

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    AJ
    Comment on New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting (November 26th, 2017 at 19:02)

    That is because unlike Pennsylvania, which has a population that is spread more evenly across the state, the bulk of NY’s population is centered around the NYC area and surrounding suburbs. Much of upstate NY is still relatively empty (except for the cities like Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, etc).

    Even though there are still many areas in PA that could undergo development, those areas are mostly in very hilly regions where the hills are too steep to really encourage development. NY is also larger than PA by about 8,000 sq miles.

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    AJ
    Comment on New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting (November 27th, 2017 at 21:35)

    Did you read of the new settlement in York County PA?

    The Amish are now moving in larger and larger numbers west of the river to the neighboring county.

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