Sussex, Wisconsin

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Sussex, Wisconsin

Introduction to Sussex, Wisconsin

Sussex, Wisconsin, in Waukesha county, is 8 miles N of Waukesha, Wisconsin and 17 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The village has a population of 8,828.

Sussex History

The area now known as Sussex was first settled in by Richard Cooling and George Elliot. A blacksmith shop was opened by Richard Cooling near four-corners in 1843. Cooling became the postmaster of Sussex in the year 1851. In 1886, a lumber company was constructed next to the Central Railroad of Wisconsin. The community was officially incorporated as the village of Sussex in the 1920s. The town was named after Sussex, England.

Sussex and nearby Attractions

  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Pike Lake State Park
  • Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest
  • Discovery World Museum of Science, Economics & Technology
  • Harrington Beach State Park

Things To Do In Sussex

Golfers can enjoy a round at the Fairways of Woodside Golf Course, the Wanaki Golf Course or at the Rivers Bend Golf Club. The Civic Center Park, the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum and the New Berlin Recreation Trail. Local museums include the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, the Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design and the Racine Art Museum.

Sussex Transportation

Flights are available from General Mitchell Airport.

Sussex Higher Education

Higher Education can be pursued at Marquette University, Carroll College and Cardinal Stritch University.

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High Points

Sussex strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Wisconsin):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 9% Sussex Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Sussex People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 16% Sussex Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 17% Sussex College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Sussex Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Sussex, Wisconsin

Comparing Sussex to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Wisconsin (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Male Share of the Population 8 6
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Female Share of the Population 3 5
Age of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 3 8
Senior Citizens 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 7 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
People Above Poverty 9 8
Median Family Income 8 10
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Short Commute Times 5 3
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Public Transportation Use 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 3
Affordability of Rents 3 1
People Living Alone 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1

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Sussex Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Waukesha, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Waukesha
Standard Zip Codes 53089
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.133
Longitude -88.221

Sussex Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Station HARTFORD 2 W
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches
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Sussex Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,828 100%
Male 4,324 49%
Female 4,504 51%
Under 18 2,589 29.3%
18+ 6,239 70.7%
65+ 731 8.3%
Median Age 34.1
Average Family Size 3.09
White 8,561 97%
African-American 66 0.7%
Asian 71 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0.2%
Other 32 0.4%
Mixed Race 78 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 147 1.7%

Estimated Sussex Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,812
Growth 984
Growth % 11.1%

Sussex Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 54.8%
Polish 9.1%
Irish 4.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.7%
Norwegian 3.6%
US/American 3.5%
Italian 3.4%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Finnish 1.8%
English 1.4%
Swedish 1.3%
Scottish 1%
Dutch 1%
Scandinavian 0.8%
Czech 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Slavic 0.3%
British 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Moroccan 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sussex, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lisbon (53089)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sussex 8,828 $65,702
Brookfield 38,649 $83,691
Hartland 7,905 $67,844
Lannon 1,009 $54,107
Menomonee Falls 32,647 $68,952
Merton 1,926 $75,000
Pewaukee 11,783 $80,163

Sussex Public Libraries

Pauline Haass Public Library
N64 W23820 MAIN ST.
Sussex, Wisconsin
(262) 246-5180

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Sussex High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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