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New Home of Choice for Amish: New York
10 new settlements established in state in last year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 18, 2011 2:27 PM CDT
In this July 13, 2011 photo, Amish women shop at an Amish-owned country store in Centerville, N.Y.   (David Duprey)

(Newser) – Affordable rural farmland and proximity to traditional population centers are driving a recent boomlet in new Amish colonies in New York state, according to a new study. The Amish, many of them from Ohio or Pennsylvania, have established 10 new settlements in New York since the start of 2010. Total population there has grown by nearly a third in the past two years, to 13,000. As recently as 1991, there were just 3,900 Amish in the state.

The Amish movement into New York has been partially fueled by a contagion effect in which families report back on finding productive and underpriced land. The state has lower land prices in rural areas than Pennsylvania and Ohio, states that together account for nearly half of the nationwide Amish population of about 261,000. In the 1980s and '90s, Kentucky played that role for the Amish, while more recently it was Wisconsin. The Amish are currently in 28 states and the Canadian province of Ontario.

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Jul 18, 2011 7:49 PM CDT
the amish should be considered a national treasure. a treasure that should be supported, welcomed and valued. much as indigenous tribes in the amazon and other areas. not that i am linking them to such, but we should applaud their resistance to 20th or 21st century madness. on another line of thought, there is an enclave of folks similar to the amish - the megiddo mission on thurston road in rochester ny. a self contained group on a major thoroughfare in rochester. another national treasure. i applaud and encourage both groups to continue with their beliefs, unencumbered by the hysteria of the evangelicals. and other nay sayers.
Jul 18, 2011 7:32 PM CDT
I say: welcome!
Jul 18, 2011 6:27 PM CDT
I'd sure as hell prefer to have Amish neighbors than meth heads or gang bangers. They go to sleep early, they're quiet, they don't play music...