Twelve largest settlements, 2017

Settlement State Districts Estimated population
Lancaster County area Pennsylvania 220 36,920
Holmes County area Ohio 274 35,130
Elkhart/LaGrange area Indiana 181 24,205
Geauga County area Ohio 132 18,650
Adams County area Indiana 58 8,595
Nappanee County area Indiana 43 5,910
Daviss County area Indiana 29 4,855
Arthur area Illinois 30 4,410
Mifflin County area Pennsylvania 30 3,905
Allen County area Indiana 22 3,190
Indiana County area Pennsylvania 21 2,985
Seymour County area Missouri 16 2,665

Note: Settlement and district statistics were updated in June 2017. The number of people in a church district varies by settlement. For example, there are approximately 170 people per district in the Lancaster County settlement and approximately 130 per district in the Holmes County settlement. Population figures include both adults and children. Estimates were calculated using a variety of sources including Raber’s New American Almanac, reports by correspondents in Die BotschaftThe Budget, and The Diary, settlement directories, regional newsletters, and settlement informants. The table includes all Amish groups that use horse-and-buggy transportation, but excludes car-driving groups such as the Beachy Amish and Amish Mennonites.

To cite this page: “Twelve Largest Amish Settlements, 2017.” 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 the summer. 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; paperback available in January 2018)

The Amish: A Concise Introduction book cover

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