A Peculiar People Revisited: Demographic Foundations of the Iowa Amish in the 21st Century

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Title: A Peculiar People Revisited: Demographic Foundations of the Iowa Amish in the 21st Century
Creators: Cooksey, Elizabeth; Donnermeyer, Joseph F.
Keywords: settlement
community
migration
fertility
Amish
Iowa
Issue Date: 2013-04
Publisher: Ohio State University. Libraries
Citation: Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies v. 1, no. 1 (2013), p. 110-126.
Abstract: This article describes the demographic foundations of the Amish in Iowa. We note that since the publication of “A Peculiar People” by Dorothy and Elmer Schwieder in 1975 (with an updated version in 2009) the demographic dynamics of the Amish have changed little. They remain a high fertility group, and, when coupled with increases in their retention of daughters and sons in the Amish faith, the Amish are currently experiencing rapid population increase and settlement growth. In turn, the occupational base of the Amish has become more diverse and less reliant on agriculture. We observe that the first or founding families for new settlements in Iowa come equally from outside of Iowa and older settlements within the Hawkeye state.
URI: https://doi.org/10.18061/1811/54895
http://hdl.handle.net/1811/54895
ISSN: 2471-6383
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