Just got a hot tip from the Young Center that the 2009 Amish population statistics are up at the Amish Studies web site.
A couple quick things I noticed between this year’s and last year’s numbers: on the lower end, Arkansas has jumped from 1 to 3 settlements, and the Maine Amish, Montana Amish, and Kansas Amish have all added a settlement.
Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana retain the #1, 2, and 3 spots as the states with highest Amish populations. In a surprise move Missouri has passed New York, moving from the #7 to #6 position. This looks due to the fact that Missouri added 3 new settlements since the last figures were compiled.
Overall the total number of Amish settlements has risen to 423, and a whopping 1,727 church districts.