Originally settled by United Empire Loyalists moving up the St. John River Valley, the Sussex area has grown to a population of more than 35,000. The Town of Sussex, itself, has a population of 4,241 (Census 2006).The town developed as a service centre to surrounding communities. Historically a farming community, Sussex has capitalized on its excellent geography to become a leading transportation, manufacturing, distribution and service centre in Atlantic Canada.
The Town was named in honour of the Duke Of Sussex, son of King George III. The area was settled by a few families before the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists in 1784 from New Jersey. As the settlement of the Loyalists developed, the Parish Of Sussex was established in 1786. Growth continued in the Parish with the development of the agricultural and forestry industry and the opening of the European and American railway line in 1860, thus leading to the incorporation of the Town Of Sussex in 1904.
The Town Of Sussex has and continues to provide services for the needs of the agricultural and forestry sector throughout the years. In addition, from 1939 through the 60's, Sussex was the location of Camp Sussex. During the war years, Camp Sussex was home to 10,000 troops, thus providing a natural tie with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Today Sussex continues to provide regional services that include health care, education, business, industry and recreation to the rural areas.
To learn about the other Sussex; Sussex, England, visit their Official Tourism Page for the region.