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What are the Amish communities in Indiana like?

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Amish communities in Indiana are unique settlements with differing religious beliefs. The communities engage in different economic activities, such as farming, factory work and business. At least seven distinct Amish groups live in Indiana. The community in Lagrange and Elkhart counties hosts the "Shipshewana Flea Market," which draws thousands of people to the community each weekend. The Adams County Amish community features the popular tourist site "Amishville," a camping resort with hayrides and gospel concerts.

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The settlement in Elkhart and Lagrange counties is the largest and oldest Amish community in the state, with more than 20,000 people as of 2015. It has approximately 140 Amish church congregations. The most conservative adherents live on the eastern side of the settlement. Many residents have employment in the local vehicle industry.

The Nappanee Amish Community is close to an Old Order Mennonite community, which is a sect that is similar to the Amish in some ways, though it differs because its adherents wear patterned clothing and use electricity.

The settlement in Adams County is more conservative than most other groups. Community members wear very plain clothing and work mostly in farming.

The Amish people originally arrived in the United States in the mid-1800s from Switzerland and neighboring areas. As of 2015, more than 165,000 Amish people live in the United States.

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