|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Time zone||UTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)|
|Members of Parliament||8 members|
|Area||1,991 km2 (769 sq mi)|
|• Ranked||of 48|
|Population (2005 est.)||764,300|
|• Ranked||27th of 48|
|Density||384/km2 (990/sq mi)|
Unlike many of the changes made by the Local Government Act 1972, the new counties are popular with the local people.
The West Sussex County Council was formed in 1889 in the ceremonial County of Sussex. Because of the Local Government Act 1972, the East and West Sussex County Council took over the ceremonial responsibilities in the two halves with Mid Sussex and parts of Crawley being given to West Sussex from East Sussex.