Where do the Amish live? A new resource has been published listing the locations of nearly 600 Amish settlements across North America. You can access the list at the Young Center’s Amish Studies website.
This list actually includes two nations – the US, and Canada with its much smaller Amish population. Organized by state and province, it provides some basic useful information for each settlement:
- the county (or census division, for Canadian settlements)
- main town or geographical location the settlement is associated with
- year of founding
- number of church districts
- estimated population for the settlement
Rather than being organized by date of founding, as previous lists were, this list is ordered by county. This allows you to quickly see how many settlements are located in a given county.
In some cases this can mean multiple communities. Scanning through the list I note many counties containing all or parts of 3 settlements, and quite a few with 4, 5, or more – including Ashtabula County, Ohio (6), Steuben County, New York (4), Todd County, Minnesota (5), Clark County, Wisconsin (4), Osceola County, Michigan (6), and Crawford County, Pennslylvania (7).
This compilation should come in quite handy, and I know some of you have been looking forward to it. It updates the previous resource, a list which dated to 2013.
Finally, it’s a lot of effort to put this together, and credit is due the hard work of three individuals:
Statistics were compiled by Edsel Burdge, Jr., Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, in cooperation with Joseph F. Donnermeyer, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, and with assistance fromn David Luthy, Heritage Historical Library, Aylmer, Ontario.
Access the list here.