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Sutter County Demographics

According to 2019 population estimates, Sutter County is home to approximately 96,971 (1) people, making it the 37th largest of California's 58 counties. There are two incorporated cities, Yuba City with a population of 67,010 (2019) (2), and Live Oak with 8,912 (2019) (3) residents. The remaining residents live within the communities of Tierra Buena, Meridian, Rio Oso, Trowbridge, Sutter, Pleasant Grove, Nicolaus, East Nicolaus, Riego, Robbins, Tudor, or reside in the vast rural, agricultural areas which make up Sutter County.

The 2019 US Census shows that Caucasians made up nearly 45.3% of Sutter County's population. The remainder of the population includes Hispanics (31.5%), Asians, which includes Sutter County’s substantial East Indian population (17.0%), African Americans (2.7%), and Native Americans (2.4%).(4)

The median age in Sutter County, is estimated at 35.7 years in 2018 (5). According to the 2019 US Census, children accounted for over 32.9% of the population and seniors (65 and older) made up approximately 15.4%. (4)

In the February 18, 2020 Report of Registration, there were 48,423 registered voters in Sutter County.

Party affiliation was as follows (6):

Party # of People Percent
Republican 19,540 40.35%
Democrat 14,802 30.57%
Decline to State (No party) 9,487 19.59%
American Independent 1,762 3.64%
Other 1,740 3.59%
Libertarian 475 0.98%
Peace & Freedom 193 0.40%
Green 99 0.20%

Sutter County’s average unemployment rate for 2019 was reported at 7.3% (7). Many people who choose to live in Sutter County commute to work in one of the many surrounding counties.

The availability of water, plus long sunny growing seasons, make Sutter County an outstanding fertile area for agriculture. With over 77% of the County's total acreage classified as "important farmland," with 43.5% considered prime, coupled with the high value of agricultural production, Sutter County is one of the most intensively farmed counties in California. Agricultural products grown in Sutter County are exported throughout the world.