The Young Center has just published their annual Amish population numbers.
As of 2019, an estimated 342,100 Amish live in four different countries.
That includes Amish in:
- 31 US States
- 4 Canadian Provinces
- One settlement each in Bolivia and Argentina
There don’t seem to be any big surprises after looking over the figures. Unlike most recent years, there were no new states, provinces, or countries added to the latest list.
I did pull some interesting facts from the data, however.
Did you know that…
- Amish live in 568 separate settlements.
- A settlement can be as large as Lancaster County (39,000+ Amish). Or it might have just three or four households.
- There are more Amish in the Lancaster County settlement than in the smallest 23 states combined.
- Nearly 63% of all Amish live in one of three states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, or Indiana.
- The top 10 states account for over 92% of all Amish.
- The data includes a table showing how the Amish population has changed since 1992. Since then, Amish have settled in 10 new states, 3 new provinces, and the 2 South American countries.
- However, there is one place which had Amish in 1992, but has none today: Georgia.
- The places with the smallest Amish populations are Idaho and Argentina, at an estimated 50 people each.
As I write that, I find myself thinking it’s kind of amazing that Amish live in places as different and distant from each other as Idaho and Argentina.
If the Amish from Idaho wanted to visit their spiritual brethren in Argentina, they’d need to travel about 6,000 miles (as the crow flies).
The Amish continue to grow rapidly. And they’re not only growing, but moving to new places. They created a net total of 19 new settlements since the figures were tallied last year.
If you don’t have an Amish community within a drive of an hour or two, that could change in the not-too-distant future.