The Amish population is growing in the midwest. There are about 45,000 Amish residents in Indiana, the third most of any state in the country.
Dr. Steve Nolt from Goshen College says the Amish population in the midwest has been here since the early 19th Century. He says the populations in the older settlements continue to grow while newer Amish communities are being established with people moving in from places like Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin.
Nolt says there are some Amish communities such as those in Paoli, Indiana that do not use a lot of technology.
“But then you go to other parts of the state, maybe east of Indianapolis in Rush County or in the area around Fort Wayne in Allen County, and you‘d see perhaps Amish folks with cell phones or buying a wide variety of products at Walmart or what have you,” he says.
Nolt says farming has been on the decline in most Amish communities. He says Amish people have been focusing more on small business ventures such as furniture shops, metal working shops and construction.
Ohio has the largest Amish population with over 60,000 residents. Pennsylvania ranks second with about 59,000.