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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

Sussex County, Virginia

Sussex County Education, Geography, and History

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Sussex County is a rural county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 12,087. Its county seat is Sussex. It was formed in 1754 from Surry County. The county is named after the county of Sussex, England.

Sussex County is included in the Richmond, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Sussex County Name

Sussex is named for the English county of Sussex.


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Sussex County History

Sussex County, Virginia formed from Surry County. Legislative enactment in 1753. Organized in 1754. [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]

Sussex County was named for the English county, and was formed from Surry County in 1753. Its area is 496 square miles, and the county seat is Sussex.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 493 square miles (1,276 km2), of which, 491 square miles (1,271 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.43%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Dinwiddie County, VA to the north
  • Greensville County, VA to the west
  • Prince George County, VA to the north
  • Southampton County, VA to the southeast
  • Surry County, VA to the northeast


Sussex Central High School

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