Student Authors

Brian Lonabocker '15, Gettysburg College

Megan Zagorski '16, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Department

Environmental Studies

Abstract

This technical note demonstrates the value of using online mapping tools as a method of geolocating Amish settlements. Primarily using freely available Bing and Google maps and published lists of the addresses of Amish ministers, we geolocated 1,362 Amish households in Ohio and 1,203 in Pennsylvania, representing about 10% of Amish households in those states. From these data we were able to derive a population density map of the Amish across Ohio and Pennsylvania. We caution that our map is merely a model and based on several assumptions, but the product is a finer resolution map of Amish distribution than has previously been published. We add that the locations of Amish schools provide another promising avenue for geolocation of Amish settlements, but we were not able to locate sufficiently comprehensive lists to include them in our analysis.

Required Publisher's Statement

Original version is available from the publisher at https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/handle/1811/75352

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