The Amishing Market is on the rise.
In 2016, the annual event, held in a barn in northern New York State, drew around 30,000 people.
Today, more than 60,000 Amish congregate in about 100 communities across the country.
And they’re not just congregating in the countryside.
According to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center, Amish people now account for roughly 11 percent of the U.S. population.
They’re not only living in rural communities, but also in suburban sprawl and the sprawling suburbs of cities.
Now, as the Amish flock to urban centers, they’re also taking a leading role in the city’s gentrification process.
In the city of Boston, a recent wave of Amish growth has coincided with the gentrification of surrounding neighborhoods.
As the Amishes move to neighborhoods with a larger population of people who are more willing to invest in places like the Amished market, the community is becoming more diverse, with more diverse demographics.
“I see a lot of communities where people are more racially and ethnically diverse, which is something that the Amis themselves have been working on,” said Amish historian Scott Burt.
Burt has written extensively on the AmISH, their community and their place in America.
In this series, he spoke with NPR’s Scott Simon about the Amishing market and the future of a thriving market in a changing America.
The following is a transcript of the conversation.
Scott Simon: You’ve said in the past that the way that Amish communities are being gentrified has coincided, in part, with the growth of the city.
And we’re seeing that now with a lot more Amish neighborhoods being gentrifying.
What is it about this Amish community that is contributing to the gentrification of a city like Boston?
Is it the community’s cultural significance?
Or are there other factors that are being brought into play?
Scott Bresson: There’s no question that Amishes are among the most visible minority groups in the U and around the world.
I mean, in the United States, they are the largest religious group in America, and they’ve historically been the ones most visible in the American political landscape.
The Amishes, they have a lot to contribute to the national political landscape, and also, they represent a large part of the population.
And I think that that’s really, really important to note in terms of this particular conversation.
There’s certainly been some recent attention on the issue of gentrification in Boston, and I think there’s a lot going on in that regard, but the Ami’s have always been part of that story.
There are a lot different things going on.
In terms of Ami history and culture, the Amists have a long history in the Amistec region of Pennsylvania.
They have been here since about the 1700s, and are considered to be the descendants of the first inhabitants of Pennsylvania, who were nomadic people who settled on the eastern edge of the Pennsylvania peninsula.
The word Amish comes from the Dutch word for “people of the woods,” and the Amishers were a very nomadic group, so they were kind of wandering around the woods and exploring the land, and gathering berries and other kinds of fruits and vegetables.
They were, in fact, nomads in their own right, but they were also farmers.
They lived in a way that they were nomads.
They had to be very well educated, and the people who were educated were also very well-to-do, and there were a lot rich families in Amish society.
In fact, they were really the first farmers in America who were able to grow the fruit that they could, and then they were able also to use the land to grow food for the people.
In a sense, they grew the first food in America that had to do with agriculture.
It was also their first time in a place where they had to deal with people.
There were a number of different kinds of people in Ami society.
There was the more traditional, traditional kind of Amistes who were very traditional in the way they dealt with people and social interaction.
There also was the Amimim, who are a very modern, modern type of Amis, who tend to be more open-minded.
They tend to see things in terms that people who aren’t like them could never see.
The other type of people were the non-traditional Amish, who tended to be socially awkward and introverted.
They tended to have problems with people, and that kind of social awkwardness is a part of their identity.
So it was really, it was a very mixed kind of people, Amis and non-Amis.
The reason that Amis are the Amissies, and non