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Sussex County is located 50 miles southeast of the capital city of Richmond, 50 miles northwest of the Tidewater metropolitan area, and 25 miles from the tri-cities area that includes Petersburg and Hopewell.
A farming area, there are 130 farms in Sussex with an average size of 571 acres each. Twenty-five percent of the County's land is devoted to agricultural production. Principal crops are peanuts, cotton, corn, flue-cured tobacco, small grains and soybeans. The market value of agricultural products in 2013 was $31 million. Sussex ranks 17th among Virginia counties in total cash receipts from agricultural production.