Amish Communities

2020 Nationwide Amish Settlement List

2020 Nationwide Amish Settlement List

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 10 States With The Most Amish Settlements

Which states have the most Amish settlements? I should first note that this post is about individual settlements, not total Amish population. The two have some correlation, but are not the same thing. An Amish settlement is a distinct geographic location where Amish live. The roughly 350,000-strong Amish population is found in close to 600 separate settlements – most in the US, with around 20…

A Look At Amish In Two Distant Corners: Vermont & Kansas

A Look At Amish In Two Distant Corners: Vermont & Kansas

A quick look at a couple of communities in the more distant corners of Amish America. First, Bonnet StringsĀ author Saloma Furlong gives an update on the Amish community near Brownington, Vermont via her blog. Vermont photos: Mike Dougherty/VTDigger Amish moved there in 2015, making Vermont the second New England state with a community. In 2018 there was talk of a second settlement possibly starting, but…

The Amish Population Has Doubled Since 2000 – Now Exceeds 350,000

The Amish Population Has Doubled Since 2000 – Now Exceeds 350,000

As it does around this time each year, the Young Center at Elizabethtown College has just published its Amish population estimates for 2020 (update: see the latest 2022 numbers here). The total estimated Amish population is 350,665, found in 31 states, four Canadian provinces, and two South American countries. Some interesting takeaways from the figures: 1. Four Large Settlements. The largest settlement, Lancaster County, now…

The Amish Of Crittenden County, Kentucky

The Amish Of Crittenden County, Kentucky

A look at one of Kentucky‘s oldest Amish settlements – plus another Amish business map to add to the growing collection. This one is in Crittenden County, near the town of Marion. There are four church districts; Amish have been here for over 40 years. An article which ran in the Crittenden Press in 2018 marked the completion of their fourth decade in the community:…

Visiting The Amish At Whitefield, Maine

Visiting The Amish At Whitefield, Maine

Over the past decade, we’ve seen Amish in Maine slowly expand their footprint in the state. Lately they’ve been adding a community at the rate of about one every two years. The best-known is probably the seeker-friendly Unity settlement, which features in the news fairly frequently. But there are seven other settlements in Maine now, and last autumn, reader Jillian York had a chance to…

A Visit To The Amish Of Knox County, OH (28 Photos)

A Visit To The Amish Of Knox County, OH (28 Photos)

Two days ago, reader Mike Sparks visited the Amish settlement at Fredericktown/Bellville, in Knox County, Ohio. He shares his visit and photos with us today. You might remember Mike’s previous trips to Ashland County and Holmes County. This is far from the only Amish community in Knox County. In fact the county has proven quite attractive to the Amish, with all or parts of 7…

7 Amish Communities I’d Like To Visit

Back when I was tallying up the list of Amish communities I’ve already visited, I got to thinking about the ones I haven’t been to yet, but would like to visit. The list below is my current “top 7.” Maybe one of these is on your list? 1. Conewango Valley, New York This plainer-side Amish settlement of 15 church districts has always seemed appealing to…

A Visit To The Amish Of Pontotoc County, Mississippi (25 Photos)

A Visit To The Amish Of Pontotoc County, Mississippi (25 Photos)

Amish have lived in Pontotoc County, Mississippi for a quarter-century. I made an unplanned visit to this community in late January. It was slightly out of the way, but well worth it. I hope you enjoy these photos and my comments on this Swartzentruber Amish settlement of two church districts. Amish came here in the mid-1990s, mainly from the settlement at Ethridge, Tennessee, and close…

Images of Burke’s Garden, Virginia (40 Photos)

Images of Burke’s Garden, Virginia (40 Photos)

With all the talk about isolation and distancing lately, I thought it would be a good time to look back at an Amish community that’s among the most isolated of all – the one at Burke’s Garden, Virginia. Some of you will remember I visited this place last Thanksgiving. I actually made two stops in this community – once on the way up to Holmes…