Rating 3.41 out of 5 17 reviews
Sussex is on the smaller side, so it is nice to easily run into people you know in the supermarket. However, being in a rural and conservative area, there is very low diversity and it tends to be close-minded.
I have lived in Sussex for all of my life. It is full of lots of farms and cows and fresh food. Sussex is close to New York and the shore. It also is home to the highest point in New Jersey, High Point Monument.
I had a great childhood in Sussex, but it has its flaws like anywhere else. A nice rural area, away from major highways and noise and traffic. But to get anywhere interesting you need to drive.
Sussex is a boring town for a young adult, since there are no activities or places to hang out after dark. The closest real mall is in Rockaway, which is a 40 minute drive.
My area definitely has all 4 seasons. It is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. We are not in an area for many natural disasters, but the last few years we have been effected by the large hurricanes. The hurricane winds will knock down power lines and tree limbs. The rains will cause flooding.
Over the years, the sense of community has started disappearing as more people from outside the area move in and people have to travel to work. The community is very pet friendly with several dog parks now available.
Workout facilities seem to be popping up in many strip malls. But there are also people walking and riding bikes in the area too. There are two hospitals in the area, one slightly better than the other, but they are both connected to larger hospitals outside the area.
There is very little crime in my area. Although each year the crime rate does seem to rise just a little.
In my small town, most of the house have about an acre of land. The houses in the surrounding township have 3-5 acres. So there is lots of lawns and green areas.
There are several big area attraction, but they are several towns away from my town. There is Mountain Creek Water Park, Land of Make Believe, High Point State Park, Stokes State Park, The Pocono area in Pennsylvania, and then some other attractions an hour plus drive away.
For those of us who have lived here our whole lives, the area is great. For those who move into the area from larger cities, sometimes, the area is not so great. There is not a whole lot to do without traveling to do it. You have to have a car to get around, so those used to walking to places sometimes have trouble adjusting to that. The area is still cow farm, horse farms and lots of wooded areas. It's still fairly rural on the back roads, even though the main roads are being built up with commerce.
The area I live in is a small town with limited sidewalks and parking. Public transportation is by the county and it is also limited to circular routes to shopping centers and larger towns. Traffic is getting more congested each year because we are a major route from New York to Pennsylvania, so Fridays and Sundays are very busy traffic days for weekenders. But during the other days, our small town is still a quiet small town.
The local small businessman restaurants have great food in a variety of tastes.
My area is still fairly rural. There are no big companies in the area. Most stores are your everyday stores seen anywhere, A&P, Quick Chek, small businessman laundry mats, restaurants, bars, pizzerias, daycares, etc.