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The Morphology of a Nascent Amish Community in Western New York

Authors: Evan Dash*, SUNY - Geneseo
Topics: Cultural Geography, Rural Geography, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Amish, Rural Geography, New York
Session Type: Poster
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This study explores the geography of a recently established Amish settlement in Western New York State. The Amish population in New York has nearly doubled in the past ten years; this is the result of Amish families moving out of more established and populated settlements in search of cheaper land and increased isolation. This growth has been so substantial that New York is now home to the fifth largest Amish population in the world. The Amish are purchasing and revitalizing underutilized farms. The nascent and unnamed community analyzed in this research was established in 2010 in the Genesee Valley Region. Available large-scale data on Amish population (eg. county scale) fails to capture the morphology of actual settlement. This study utilizes roadside field survey data, aerial imagery and public real estate and tax parcel data, to map and spatially analyze a new Amish community, providing small scale insight into the morphology and growth of one of many Amish communities being established in New York State.

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