Ohio has the largest Amish population, followed by Pennsylvania and Indiana.Growth The Amish are one of the fastest-growing population groups in America.This applies not only to war, but also law-enforcement, politics and legal actions.Technology Amish life is governed by the "Ordnung," a German word for order. According to the Young Center, "Most Amish groups forbid owning automobiles, tapping electricity from public utility lines, using self-propelled farm machinery, owning a television, radio, and computer, attending high school and college, joining the military, and initiating divorce." Photos are banned because they might cultivate personal vanity, which runs against the church's prohibition of "hochmut," a word meaning pride, arrogance and/or haughtiness.However, in the past century, according to the Young Center, increasing numbers have become involved in business enterprises, most notably in carpentry and sales of farm products.They also form construction crews that build houses and other buildings for non-Amish and sometimes work at "English"-owned factories and workshops, such as those in Indiana that manufacture recreational vehicles. According to the Young Center, "They pay all the taxes — income, property, sales, estate, corporate, school — that other people do.
After initially settling in Ohio, they are nowfound in 30 states as well as Canada.
In addition, most Amish are not permitted to drive motor vehicles but are allowed to hire outsiders — known as "English" — to drive them.
Schooling Amish children typically only attend school through eighth grade, mostly at private schools, but about 10% in public schools, according to the Young Center.
In fact many of them pay school taxes twice — for both public and private Amish schools." They do not, however, pay — or collect — Social Security, having been exempted by Congress in 1965 because the Amish viewed it as a form of commercial insurance.
Instead, they believe that members of the church should care for one another's physical and material needs.
Because of its isolation, the language has a very different pronunciation than current German and has been influenced by the English of surrounding populations.