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Davis County is home to the most Amish families in the state of Iowa
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Great things come in small towns! Davis County is home to the most involved and supportive community in the Midwest: Bloomfield, Iowa. Bloomfield is home to many sights, sounds and experiences that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Davis County is home to the most Amish families in the state of Iowa, and two large Amish stores, T-Corner Woodworking and Yoder Kountry Korner, offer a wide selection of Amish-made, hardwood furniture, quilts, crafts and other items. Want to get outdoors? Bag a 6-point buck (home to one of the largest in the USA), relax by the water with your family, enjoy a relaxing get-away at one of the local hotels or campgrounds, discover the county fair and festivals, relish our delicious food places and remember how life ought to be. If you're a remote worker, Bloomfield is currently offering tax abatement incentives to the tune of $10,000 if you build a home in the region. Meet the Amish of Davis County! Davis County is home to the most Amish families in the state of Iowa. The Amish community in Davis County is located west of Bloomfield in the Drakesville and West Grove communities. The community consists of well-kept farms and thriving businesses. Currently there are about 1,400 Old Order Amish living in Davis County. The first Amish family purchased farmland south of Drakesville in Davis County in 1971 after scouting around numerous communities for several years. Lower farmland prices and people who seemed friendly and accepting were draws to Davis County. Other reasons also led the Amish to choose Davis County. A quality hospital within driving distance with horse and buggy was essential. At that time Bloomfield also offered bus service and there were horse sales at the local sale barn. Today, there about 300 Amish families in the county. By the fall of 2019, seventeen schools were educating about 400 children in grades one through eight. In 1972, after years of struggle, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Wisconsin vs Yoder that the Amish had the right to educate their children according to their religious beliefs without interference from the government. The first Amish families that moved to the county made their living by farming, but they soon realized the soil in much of Davis County was not as fertile as the soil they had cultivated in other parts of the country. Gradually, family members began creating businesses especially where they saw a niche that was compatible with their craftsman skills and way of life. Today only about a dozen families make their living entirely by farming. There are over 90 businesses listed on the Amish Business Map that can be downloaded from the website or can be obtained at the Davis County Welcome Center on North Highway 63 in Bloomfield.



Internet Speed Rating

100 Mbps

Closest Airport

(IRK) Kirksville Regional Airport • 53 mi

Weather (High/Low)

85 / 14

Median Home Value (3BR, 2BA)



Bloomfield is the county seat of Davis County, and hosts the David County Courthouse. Built in 1844 for only $339, it is still widely admired for it's "General Grant Gothic" architectural style, even listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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