Numbers of Amish in midwest rising rapidly
A new study by researchers at Ohio State University has shown that the midwest’s fastest growing religious sect is the Amish.
“The Amish are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in North America,” said Joseph Donnermeyer, professor of rural sociology at Ohio State. “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.”
The study, which was officially released during an annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, shows that a new Amish community is formed in America’s heartland every three to three-and-a-half weeks.
The study also shows that while approximately 250,000 Amish people reside right now in the United States and Canada, that number is projected to grow to more than a million by the year 2050 since the population tends to double every 22 years.
“This place has grown,” Daniel Miller told the Huffington Post. He has spent his entire life in an Amish community. “It’s because of all the kids,” he explained.
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The growth in numbers is being attributed, in part, to Amish children who are growing up and branching out to form their own communities, but the growth in number of communities is all due to the economy and the Amish way of life since they will buy cheaper land available that nobody else wants to buy.