9 responses to The Top 10 States By Amish Population (2017)
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish Communities (September 19th, 2017 at 07:49)

    Amish Communities

    I knew Illinois would be pretty low on the list. I have often wondered why more Amish are not attracted here with all the farm land. I imagine it has to do with the price as land here is very high. I have found land to be a lot less expensive in upstate NY, as long as you get away from the bigger cities like NYC and even Albany. Heuvelton is a beautiful area but winters can be pretty harsh. I guess it is a good trade off for the cheaper land and much less congestion.

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      Comment on The Top 10 States By Amish Population (2017) (September 19th, 2017 at 12:42)

      Well #10 is not bad 🙂 And it will probably be in that spot for awhile since it’s a good bit larger than the next province and state. Illinois actually has not done too poorly with new settlements, has actually had a dozen-plus new communities settled there since 2000.

      In comparison, my home state North Carolina just got its second community quite recently, having had just one since the mid 1980s (with the exception of a relatively short-lived second settlement which was around mainly in the 1990s).

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on The Top 10 States By Amish Population (2017) (September 19th, 2017 at 09:26)

    Thanks for sharing this information each year. I find it very interesting. It seems like there is at least one new settlement in Kentucky every year. It also is interesting to observe trends in my home state of Minnesota. When I left Minn. in the early 1970’s, I remember there being only one settlement, and now there are 21.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on North Carolina (September 25th, 2017 at 21:03)

    North Carolina

    Erik, have I missed a blog about a second settlement in NC? I have gone to the one in NC twice and wonder if the second one is nearby. What can you tell me about the second one or direct me somewhere?
    Thank you so much for all you do!

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      Comment on The Top 10 States By Amish Population (2017) (September 27th, 2017 at 05:55)

      Hi Loretta – no you didn’t miss anything, I have not posted on it yet. Tbh I don’t have a lot of info on it, if I’m not mistaken I have heard it’s in the vicinity of Asheville and it’s a plainer group? Someone I believe shared that info either in a comment or in my email but I’m having trouble digging up where it is right now. If I find more details I’ll share here. Thanks Loretta!

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        Al in Ky
        Comment on The Top 10 States By Amish Population (2017) (September 27th, 2017 at 17:32)

        Erik and Loretta — Were you all thinking about the Polkville, N.C. Amish settlement which I and Patty Vasquez posted about a few times recently in comments under the “North Carolina” category on Amish America?

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          Ah yes that’s the one Al – thanks for jumping in with the reminder of where I’d been seeing that. Sometimes I need help from all you guys out there to find things on my own website 😉

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on NC Amish (September 28th, 2017 at 20:26)

    NC Amish

    I don’t know Al, this is new to me. I am scheduled for a conference near Ashville next spring so it would be great if they are near Ashville and I can take a little time and check it out.

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