Sussex County

Virginia Diner LOVE (2)_editedSussex County is 496 square miles located along I‑95 south of Petersburg and strategically positioned between the Richmond-Petersburg and Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News metropolitan areas. This central location gives Sussex businesses the unique opportunity to draw workforce from both areas, and also for residents of Sussex to easily travel to both areas. Those sticking around the county will discover quiet farmland homes, small town life, historic attractions, and numerous wildlife observation and nature trails, hunting and shooting opportunities. A significant lakefront Airfield 4‑H Conference Center offers outdoor activity space and conference facilities for individuals and businesses.

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At A Glance

% of People with Bachelors Degrees
County Civilian Labor Force
County Unemployment Rate
Median Household Income


2010 2015 5‑Year Change 2020 Projection
12,167 11,864 -2.49% 11,687

Towns, Villages & Districts

Jarratt Wakefield
Stony Creek Waverly

Utility Providers


Type Assessment Ratio Nominal Tax Rate
Non-Manufacturer’s Personal Property 90% year 1, reduced by 10%/year (min. 10%) $4.85
Machinery & Tools 100% year 1–5, 80% year 6–15, 80%, 50% year 16–25, 20% year 26+ $2.43
Real Estate 79.3% $0.58

Manufacturers Taxes | Non-Manufacturers Taxes | Commissioner of Revenue

Political Representation

U.S. Congress

  • A. Donald McEachin, D, 4th

U.S. Senate

  • Mark Warner
  • Tim Kaine

Virginia House of Delegates

  • Roslyn Tyler, D, 75th
  • Emily M. Brewer, R, 64th

Virginia Senate

  • L. Louise Lucas, D, 18th



Sources: U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011–2015 American Community Survey (December 2016), Weldon Cooper Center’s Virginia Population Projections (March 2017), Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s 2016–2017 Guide to Local Business Taxes.