The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Amish growth, movement west

A study by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown [Pa.] College shows the North American Amish population increased by nearly 10 percent the past two years.

The U.S. Amish population (250,000) more than doubled the last decade with the largest increases in New York (19 percent), Minnesota (9 percent) and Missouri (8 percent).

Amish, typically known for their plain dress, strict discipline and avoidance of technology, are also headed as far west as South Dakota and Colorado in search of cheaper land.


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