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Frederick and Cora Salmen's 71 Acre Farm Grafton Nebraska , 1915

The History of Sutton, Nebraska

Sutton is a village in Clay County, Nebraska.  It is located in Southeastern Nebraska, 27 miles south of Interstate 80 at Highway 6. The estimated population in 2020 was 1,606. Sutton is the 77th largest city in Nebraska and the 8,887th largest city in the United States.

The town was laid out in 1871 when the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad (B&MR) was extended to that point. Today the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) runs through the town of Sutton and follows the route of Highway 6. It was named after the

town of Sutton, Massachusetts.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the City of Sutton has a total area of 1.99 square miles. The township of Sutton includes the 36 square miles with the farms, almost all of the city of Sutton and half or Saronville.


Politics: 80% Republican


Elevation: 1680 feet.

2020 Population Data:  Sutton, Nebraska



Population in 2020: 1434 (0% urban, 100% rural).


Population changes since 2000: -0.9%   Males: 685 (47.8%) Females: 749% (52.2%)


Median resident age: 38.6 years. Nebraska median age: 36.8 years.

Average commute time for residents of Sutton is 18 minutes.


Estimated median household income in 2020: $62,391, up from $34,830 in 2000.

Sutton: $62,391- Nebraska: $63,229


Estimated per capita income in 2020: $28,667 up from $17,683 in 2000.


Estimated median house or condo value in 2020: $116,833, up from $59,500 in 2000.

Home ownership rate is: 77.1%

Sutton $116,833 – Nebraska: $172,700.

Median gross rent in 2019: $722.


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2020: 7.76% (7.21% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino residents.


Ancestries: German 51.4%, Irish 10.6%, Italian, 6.4%, American 5.4%, English 4.9%, Swedish 2.4%. 76 Foreign born residents in 2019: 4.3%Latin America. 0.7% Europe. 5% in Sutton and 7.2% Nebraska.


Property taxes in 2020: $1,628.00


Nearest cities: Saronville (2.1 miles), Grafton (2.8 miles), Stockham (3.0 miles), Lushton (3.3 miles)

Sutton Public Schools


Sutton Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Sutton, Nebraska. Sutton Elementary School serves 216 students in grades Prekindergarten – 6.

184 students attend junior and senior high school. The student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1.



Hunting and fishing are popular among the residents of the town. Hunters chiefly pursue white-tailed deer, pheasant, quail, and racoon. Local fishing is focused on catfish. Other game animals and fish are also found in the area.


Sutton Nebraska Historical Society:

 Compiled by Bob Vincent, April 22, 2021

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