The Amish population is spreading faster than most other religious communities in the U.S. with a new settlement founded nearly once a month according to a new report.
With a population doubling in size approximately every 21 years, the census report by researchers at Ohio State University shows that more than 60 per cent of the current communities were founded after 1990.
'The Amish are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in North America,' Ohio State rural sociology professor Joe Donnermeyer who completed the census said in a statement.
Here we come! The Amish population in the U.S. is spreading faster than most other religious communities with a new settlement founded nearly once a month
‘They're doubling their population about every 21 to 22 years, primarily because they produce large families and the vast majority of daughters and sons remain in the community as adults baptized into the faith, starting their own families and sustaining their religious beliefs and practices,’ Dr Donnermeyer said.
At the report's completion, presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society in Chicago on Thursday, there are currently 456 Amish settlements composed of 250,784 members throughout the U.S. and Ontario, Canada.
That's up from 179 settlements - defined in the report as having at least three households that includes members able to conduct a church service - last seen in 1990.
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