Amish Population 2019

We live in a technologically advanced world. Think about it – we have smartphones that we carry around with us that could double as computers, and you can use the internet for nearly everything – from finding old classmates to paying your utility bills. While many of us are immersed in this technology, there is a group of people that have shunned this modern technology and live a much simpler lifestyle. That group is the Amish.

The Amish first made their way to the United States during the 18th century when faced with religious persecution in Europe. However, this religious sect was first established in the 17th century based on the teaching of Jakob Amman, for whom the Amish is named.

This religious sect lives a very simple life away from urban areas. Most Amish people are farmers, although some delve into other industries such as carpentry and housing construction. Most Amish people do not drive cars, do not use TV, electricity, radios, or computers, and don’t go to college or join the military. The children of the sect typically only go to school through the eight grade, with about 90% attending public schools. Amish people also dress quite plainly in clothes in neutral colors with no Velcro or zippers.

There are significant populations of Amish people in 31 states in the U.S. Estimates show that there are nearly 325,000 Amish people living in the U.S. as of 2018. The largest population is found in the state of Pennsylvania. Based on estimates, over 76,000 Amish people live in this state. Ohio is right behind Pennsylvania with an Amish community made up of over 75,000 people. Indiana has the third highest population of Amish people with nearly 55,000 living within its boundaries.

Other states with an Amish population of at least 10,000 include:

The following states have an Amish population of at least 1,000 but less than 10,000:

The remaining states have very small populations of Amish people:

State Amish Population 2010 Amish Population 2018 2019 Pop.
Pennsylvania59,35076,62012,813,969
Ohio58,59075,83011,718,568
Indiana43,71054,8256,718,616
Wisconsin15,36021,0355,832,661
New York12,01519,83519,491,339
Michigan11,35015,46510,020,472
Missouri9,47512,8606,147,861
Kentucky7,75012,6304,484,047
Iowa7,1909,4753,167,997
Illinois6,8607,82512,700,381
Minnesota3,1504,3855,655,925
Tennessee2,1253,2206,833,793
Kansas1,4851,7252,910,931
Delaware1,3501,650975,033
Maryland1,3501,5756,062,917
Virginia3001,2308,571,946
Montana6757801,074,532
Maine2257551,342,097
Oklahoma6756453,948,950
Colorado8106005,770,545
Nebraska1503901,940,919
West Virginia2253001,791,951
Mississippi752602,987,895
North Carolina7526010,497,741
Arkansas2252403,026,412
Wyoming105572,381
South Dakota7585892,631
Idaho751,790,182
Texas756529,087,070
Vermont55627,180
Georgia10,627,767