Amish population in rural Tenn. growing

ETHRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Amish population is growing in rural areas of Middle Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports the population boom is part of a national trend -- there were 251,000 Amish living in 456 settlements nationally in 2010 compared to 100,000 in 179 settlements in 1989.

In Etheridge, which is about 75 miles southwest of Nashville, the number of Amish people has grown to about 1,500 -- large enough that they are starting to run out of room and have sent members to other communities to begin new settlements.

Experts say the population growth is due mostly to a high birth rate and children sticking with the religion.


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