According to the website, Amish America, there is only one Amish community in the state and it is not very big. The Wisconsin Amish started this Amish settlement in 2010. The families have made their residence in South Dakota for only three years.
The newspaper, Yankton Press & Dakotan, ran a story about five Wisconsin Amish families coming from the Tomah Amish community to settle in the McCook County near the town of Tripp. More families expected to come to the area soon.
Previously, South Dakota had no Amish living in the area. In 2010, according to KELO-Land News, seven families moved into the area. They said they moved here because the Tomah community had become too crowded and the land was much more expensive there.
Although South Dakota never had Amish residents before, the state does have the largest Hutterite population. There are around 60 Hutterite colonies throughout the state. Unlike the Hutterite’s who drive motor vehicles, the Amish still travels the old-fashioned way. Along the highways, motorists will see the horse and buggy signs warning them to drive with care. Therefore, we’re left to wonder, if Merlin doesn’t make it in Ohio, or in Pennsylvania, is South Dakota next on his list.