Common Ground: An Examination of Rural Planning and the Growing Amish Presence in Missouri


How do rural communities in Missouri balance the potentially conflicting land use and economic planning needs between incoming and growing Amish populations and non-Amish populations? This qualitative research addresses a gap in the literature by examining the growing Amish population in rural America through the lens of community planning. A comparative case study was conducted in three Amish communities in Missouri and included interviews with public officials who engage in planning and planning-related tasks and an Amish leader at each case site. This project finds that Amish growth and expansion is resulting in both community conflicts and collaborative efforts in rural areas. The project culminates in the development of implications that planners might consider in order to actualize better outcomes for rural communities in the midst of the growth of this ethnoreligious group.


Geography, Geology, and Planning

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Amish landscape, Rural land use change, Rural planning, Seymour, MO, Jamesport, MO, Clark, MO

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Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies