Each year I look forward to the release of new statistics on Amish Population from the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies.
This year they included a document that showed Amish settlements by county in each state. So, I have decided tonight to map out some of the states for a good visual representation. I will most likely map them all out over time and create a map of the complete country.
I started with Iowa since it is where I was born and my great grandparents had lived in the Amish settlement in Kalona.
The first settlement in Iowa was founded in Johnson County in 1846. The Kalona settlement is the largest settlement (1,935) in Iowa, but the Bloomfield settlement (1,640) is almost as large. The newest and smallest settlement in Iowa is near Montour in Tama County.
Most of the Amish settlements in Kansas have been started in the last 15 years.
The settlement in the south is close to one in Kansas, so I decided to check and see if the only South Dakota settlement was close to the ones in the north.
The next map that I will probably fill in will be Missouri. I had thought about including it here, but there are settlements in almost 40 counties in Missouri and it will take a little longer to complete.
This will be an interesting map. Perhaps when I finish it I will map just the older settlements which would be more useful in Genealogy research.