Finally! Amish populations, and their recent migration westward for affordable land, got USA Today‘s graphics department busy. Jeff Martin writes that the population of the notoriously “plain” Anabaptists has grown 5% in the past year to total a whopping (almost) quarter-million. Cheap land is the new cause for wandering among the Amish but religious tolerance was the first cause (and the reason they ended up predominantly farmers in the first place).
For more on the Amish’ search for religious freedom, read my piece at Killing the Buddha.