Suttons Bay

Welcome to Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay is the go-to place for those who seek the charm of a small town with a big-city vibe. Located on the east side of the Peninsula, Suttons Bay is a delightful harbor town nestled at the base of a bay of the same name. 
Only 15 minutes from Traverse City, Suttons Bay is a hub of activity with many exciting year-round businesses including restaurants, galleries, clothing boutiques, and a historic theater to boot! This bustling commercial district is just steps from the Suttons Bay Marina - a spectacular and well-established harbor that is home to the Inland Seas Schooner and with slips available for lease via the Village of Suttons Bay. Suttons Bay Beach is just nearby, offering a playground for kids and a beautiful sandy Lake Michigan shoreline for daily beachgoers. All of these delightful amenities gaze across the water to Stony Point, the easterly arm of the Bay, which is home to rolling acres of cherries, apples, and vines.
Let Suttons Bay be your home base for your Leelanau adventures! Whether your plan is to hike or bike, ski, or sail, the TART Trail (Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation Trail) connects Suttons Bay to Traverse City and beyond. A former railroad track, this old path has been converted into an exciting recreational trail that winds through the backyard of southern Leelanau County. Destinations along or near the trail include Leo Creek Preserve, Hop Lot, Farm Club, DeYoung Natural Area, and many others.
Suttons Bay is well-desired by prospective property owners for many reasons. Easy access to Traverse City and condominium availability are particular draws to this area. Shoreline condominium and townhouse developments such as the Suttons Bay Yacht Club are in high demand as a result of their location and special amenities. For buyers seeking shared water access or sweeping water views, Suttons Bay offers a variety of residential communities to suit those needs; with water vistas abound on Blue Water Court and shared lakeshore access on Stony Point at Knorrwood Bluffs, to name a few.
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Overview for Suttons Bay, MI

658 people live in Suttons Bay, where the median age is 68.6 and the average individual income is $47,497. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

68.6 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Suttons Bay, MI

Suttons Bay has 317 households, with an average household size of 1.87. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Suttons Bay do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 658 people call Suttons Bay home. The population density is 512.26 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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53.65 / 46.35%

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Schools in Suttons Bay, MI

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The following schools are within or nearby Suttons Bay. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Suttons Bay Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Suttons Bay Virtual School
K - 12th
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Suttons Bay Senior High School
6th - 12th

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