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Sutter County, California
Map of California highlighting Sutter County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Founded 1850
Seat Yuba City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

609 sq mi (1,577 km²)
603 sq mi (1,562 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), 0.99%
 - (2006)
 - Density

132/sq mi (51/km²)

Sutter County is a county located along the Sacramento River in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, north of state capital Sacramento. As of 2006 its population was 93,142[1]. The county seat is Yuba City.

History[edit | edit source]

Sutter County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county were given to Placer County in 1851.

Sutter County was named after General John Sutter, a Swiss citizen, who obtained a large land grant from the Mexican government, and called his first settlement New Helvetia (now the City of Sacramento). In 1841, the general established a great stock ranch in this area to which he retired in 1850 when gold seekers deprived him of most of his holdings at Sacramento.

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,576 km² (609 sq mi). 1,561 km² (603 sq mi) of it is land and 16 km² (6 sq mi) of it (0.99%) is water.

Sutter County is home to the Sutter Buttes, known as the "World's Smallest Mountain Range." This volcanic formation provides relief to the otherwise seemingly flat Sacramento Valley.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

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Transportation infrastructure[edit | edit source]

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Public Transportation[edit | edit source]

Yuba Sutter Transit operates local bus service, as well as commuter runs to Downtown Sacramento.

Airports[edit | edit source]

Sutter County Airport is a general aviation airport located just south of Yuba City.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

As of the census² of 2000, there were 78,930 people, 27,033 households, and 19,950 families residing in the county. The population density was 51/km² (131/sq mi). There were 28,319 housing units at an average density of 18/km² (47/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 67.52% White, 1.91% Black or African American, 1.55% Native American, 11.26% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 12.96% from other races, and 4.60% from two or more races. 22.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 70.3% spoke English, 17.9% Spanish and 9.3% Panjabi as their first language.

There were 27,033 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.00% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,375, and the median income for a family was $44,330. Males had a median income of $35,723 versus $25,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,428. About 12.1% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit | edit source]

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2004 67.2% 20,254 31.9% 9,602 1.0% 289
2000 65.3% 17,350 31.7% 8,416 3.0% 798
1996 57.6% 14,264 34.4% 8,504 8.0% 1,977
1992 50.1% 12,956 30.5% 7,883 19.4% 5,021
1988 67.5% 14,100 31.4% 6,557 1.2% 241
1984 71.2% 14,477 27.2% 5,535 1.5% 311
1980 63.5% 11,778 27.5% 5,103 9.0% 1,676
1976 54.2% 8,745 43.2% 6,966 2.6% 420
1972 62.5% 10,224 33.0% 5,409 4.5% 739
1968 59.6% 8,665 31.8% 4,624 8.6% 1,256
1964 51.6% 7,241 48.3% 6,787 0.1% 16
1960 62.9% 7,520 36.6% 4,379 0.5% 55

Sutter is a strongly Republican county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Franklin Roosevelt in 1940. Sutter is part of California's 2nd congressional district, which is held by Republican Wally Herger. In the state legislature Sutter is in the 2nd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Doug LaMalfa, and the 4th Senate district, which is held by Republican Sam Aanestad.

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Coordinates: 39°02′N 121°41′W / 39.04, -121.69

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