The Amish community in the Midwest of the United States is growing at a staggering rate, so much that they have become one of the most swiftly growing religions in North America.
According to a study released by Ohio State University close to 250,000 Amish reside in the U.S., and every three and a half weeks a new colony appear. If they continue this trend, their population will be larger than 1 million by 2050.
“This place has grown,” said Daniel Miller, 52, who has spent his life on an Amish settlement here. “It’s because all of the kids.”
“Many Amish families have multiple children,” Miller stated. “Those children often stay in the community and eventually sprout families of their own,” he added.
Currently, in Middlefield, Ohio there are 99 Amish communities. Miller stated that he remembers when there were less than 20.
“The Amish double their population about every 22 years,” said Ohio State Professor Joseph Donnermeyer, who led the census project as part of the recent 2010 U.S. Religion Census.
“They are often purchasing land at good market prices,” he said. “They are buying land that no one else wanted to buy. Generally speaking, the Amish are a good economic value for the rural communities. They have business startups and they are more likely to buy local.”