Largest Settlements in 2016



Estimated population
Lancaster County Area Pennsylvania 210 35,070
Holmes County Area Ohio 263 34,190
Elkhart/LaGrange Area Indiana 172 23,565
Geauga County Area Ohio 122 18,055
Adams County Area Indiana 58 8,410
Nappanee Area Indiana 42 5,865
Daviess County Area Indiana 29 4,720
Arthur Area Illinois 30 4,305
Mifflin County Area Pennsylvania 30 3,815
Allen County Area Indiana 21 3,115
Indiana County Area Pennsylvania 21 2,806
New Wilmington Area Pennsylvania 19 2,415

Note: Settlement and district statistics were updated as of June 2016. The number of people in a church district varies by settlement. For example, there are approximately 167 people per district in the Lancaster County settlement versus approximately 130 per district in the Holmes County settlement.

Sources: Raber’s Almanac; reports by correspondents in Die Botschaft, The Budget, and The Diary; migration reports in The Diary; state and regional settlement directories; regional newsletters; and informants in various settlements.

To cite this page: “The Twelve Largest Amish Settlements, 2016.” Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.

About the site

Amish Studies is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture.

Designed to assist scholars, students and the general public, the site was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of a collaborative research grant on Amish diversity and identity in the 20th century. The research team included principal investigator Donald B. Kraybill of Elizabethtown College (Pa.) and two co-investigators, Steven M. Nolt of Goshen College (Ind.) and Karen M. Johnson-Weiner of SUNY Potsdam (New York).

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in June or July. Other information will be revised and added on a periodic basis.

Recent books

The Amish book cover
Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

The Amish: A Concise Introduction book cover

Author: Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016)