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Where they live With farming at the center of their lives and their population rapidly expanding due to large families, the Amish, anxious not be influenced by modern ways, are always seeking out new land away from urban areas.After initially settling in Ohio, they are nowfound in 30 states as well as Canada.

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And much of that growth has occurred in the last three decades.This applies not only to war, but also law-enforcement, politics and legal actions.Technology Amish life is governed by the "Ordnung," a German word for order. According to the Young Center, "Most Amish groups forbid owning automobiles, tapping electricity from public utility lines, using self-propelled farm machinery, owning a television, radio, and computer, attending high school and college, joining the military, and initiating divorce." Photos are banned because they might cultivate personal vanity, which runs against the church's prohibition of "hochmut," a word meaning pride, arrogance and/or haughtiness.For instance, the Beachy Amish and Amish Mennonites often drive cars and use electricity while the others use horse-drawn buggies. Some groups are restricted to black and white while others allow muted colors.