Sussex County, VA

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Population

11,595

1.18% decline

Median Age

40.4


Median Household Income

$44,608

17.6% growth

Poverty Rate

17.8%


Number of Employees

2,684

8.74% decline

Median Property Value

$121,600

5.22% decline

About

In 2017, Sussex County, VA had a population of 11.6k people with a median age of 40.4 and a median household income of $44,608. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sussex County, VA declined from 11,733 to 11,595, a -1.18% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,917 to $44,608, a 17.6% increase.

The population of Sussex County, VA is 56.1% Black or African American Alone, 38.1% White Alone, and 2.85% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Sussex County, VA speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Sussex County, VA is $121,600, and the homeownership rate is 70.7%. Most people in Sussex County, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Sussex County, VA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Sussex County, VA employs 2.68k people. The largest industries in Sussex County, VA are Retail Trade (359 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (332 people), and Manufacturing (291 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($88,125), Utilities ($54,821), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,000).

Median household income in Sussex County, VA is $44,608. Males in Sussex County, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Sussex County, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,608

2017 value

± $3,842

17.6%

1 Year Growth

± 13%

Households in Sussex County, VA have a median annual income of $44,608, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $37,917 in 2016, which represents a 17.6% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sussex County, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8702.01

  2. Census Tract 8701

  3. Census Tract 8703

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sussex County, VA was Census Tract 8702.01 with a value of $60,000, followed by Census Tract 8701 and Census Tract 8703, with respective values of $45,200 and $42,500.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sussex County, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 75+

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sussex County, VA (1.24k out of 6.97k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    751 ± 154

  2. White

    424 ± 129

  3. Hispanic

    62 ± 99

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sussex County, VA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.68k

2017 Value

± 309

-8.74%

1 Year decline

± 17.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sussex County, VA declined at a rate of -8.74%, from 2.94k employees to 2.68k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sussex County, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (413 people), Management Occupations (308 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (192 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sussex County, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sussex County, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (413 people), Management Occupations (308 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (192 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sussex County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.92 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.07 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sussex County, VA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($93,021), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,730), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($70,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.68k

2017 Value

± 309

-8.74%

1 Year decline

± 17.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sussex County, VA declined at a rate of -8.74%, from 2.94k employees to 2.68k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sussex County, VA, are Retail Trade (359 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (332 people), and Manufacturing (291 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sussex County, VA, though some of these residents may live in Sussex County, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Sussex County, VA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (359 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (332 people), and Manufacturing (291 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sussex County, VA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.87 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.07 times), and Utilities (3.06 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sussex County, VA, by median earnings, are Information ($88,125), Utilities ($54,821), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,000).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95% of the population of Sussex County, VA has health coverage, with 40.9% on employee plans, 17.3% on Medicaid, 20.5% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 2.69% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Sussex County, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Sussex County, VA see 3905 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.433% decrease from the previous year (3922 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5752 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 5752 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,905 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sussex County, VA see an average of 3,905 patients per year. This represents a 0.433% decrease from the previous year (3,922 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sussex County, VA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.98%

Uninsured

40.9%

Employer Coverage

17.3%

Medicaid

20.5%

Medicare

13.7%

Non-Group

2.69%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sussex County, VA declined by 40.5% from 8.36% to 4.98%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sussex County, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Sussex County, VA is home to a population of 11.6k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.9% of Sussex County, VA residents were born outside of the country (336 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Sussex County, VA is composed of 6.5k Black or African American Alone residents (56.1%), 4.42k White Alone residents (38.1%), 331 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.85%), 249 Two or More Races residents (2.15%), 42 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.362%), 37 Asian Alone residents (0.319%), 14 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.121%), and 4 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0345%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Sussex County, VA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sussex County, VA was 40.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Sussex County, VA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Sussex County, VA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

336 people

2.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

340 people

As of 2017, 2.9% of Sussex County, VA residents (336 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sussex County, VA was 2.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Sussex County, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sussex County, VA was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    6.5k ± 120

  2. White Alone

    4.42k ± 8

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    331 ± 100

In 2017, there were 1.47 times more Black or African American Alone residents (6.5k people) in Sussex County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.42k White Alone and 331 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Sussex County, VA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Sussex County, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Sussex County, VA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Sussex County, VA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    316 ± 107

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    187 ± 79

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    163 ± 75

Sussex County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sussex County, VA was $121,600 in 2017, which is 0.559 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $128,300 to $121,600, a 5.22% decrease. The homeownership rate in Sussex County, VA is 70.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sussex County, VA have an average commute time of 32.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sussex County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$44,608

Median Household Income

± $3,842

3.39k

Number of Households

± 357

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.39k households in Sussex County, VA grew to $44,608 from the previous year's value of $37,917.

The following chart displays the households in Sussex County, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$121,600

2017 Median

± $11,370

$128,300

2016 Median

± $16,591

In 2017, the median property value in Sussex County, VA declined from to $121,600 from the previous year's value of $128,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sussex County, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sussex County, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sussex County, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sussex County, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

70.7%

2017 Homeownership

64.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.7% of the housing units in Sussex County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sussex County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sussex County, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sussex County, VA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

32.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sussex County, VA have a longer commute time (32.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.89% of the workforce in Sussex County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    7.46%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.05%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sussex County, VA was Drove Alone (84.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.46%) and those who Worked At Home (3.05%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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