The number of Amish is growing! A recent study estimates the Amish population has increased 10% in the last two years. It is believed there are 249,000 Amish in North America. In 1992 there were 124,000. Land in Lancaster County is hard to find and very expensive. This has forced many Amish to look elsewhere for farmland.
The Midwest is attracting more and more Amish. Farmland in Lancaster County can cost $15,000 an acre compared to $2,000 – $3,000 an acre in other parts of the county. That being said, two-thirds of the Amish live in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. Pennsylvania has the largest population.
Amish families tend to have 5 or more children which accounts for their swelling ranks. Half of the Amish population is under 18 years old and 85% of young adults remain in the church.
South Dakota is the latest state to get an Amish settlement.
Go West, young Amish.