Twelve Largest Settlements, 2021

Settlement State Districts Estimated population
Lancaster County area Pennsylvania 245 41,795
Holmes County area Ohio 294 37,770
Elkhart/LaGrange Counties area Indiana 203 27,105
Geauga County area Ohio 148 19,420
Adams County area Indiana 65 10,630
Nappanee area Indiana 49 6,445
Daviess County area Indiana 34 5,595
Arthur area Illinois 30 4,270
Mifflin County area Pennsylvania 32 4,205
Allen County area Indiana 26 3,550
Seymour area Missouri 18 3,110
Indiana County area Pennsylvania 25 2,945

Note: Settlement and district statistics were updated in June 2021. 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 estimates, which include both adults and children, 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, 2021.” Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.

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