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Durham County land and farms are sought after by investors looking for a prime location to locate a business or development. The 298-square-mile county is part of the Research Triangle and located in the Piedmont. With a population of 322,000, land in Durham County is always a good investment. There is a limited amount of agriculture situated on 18,000 acres, and crops account for 89% of the total agricultural sales. Crops are planted on 36% of the land, and 39% is left as woodlands. Hiking, boating, fishing and swimming can be enjoyed on the county’s many streams, creeks and rivers including the Eno River, Falls Lake and Lake Michie. Hunters can chase deer, bear, grouse and waterfowl. Fishermen can take home bass, trout and catfish. Duke University and Duke University Health System are the county’s largest employers. IBM, Glaxosmithkline and Cree Research also are among the largest private employers. Durham County is bordered by Chatham, Granville, Orange, Person and Wake counties. The City of Durham, the county seat, is the fourth most populous in the state. The city is served by Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The city is known for its world class medical, pharmaceutical and research centers. Public education is provided by Durham County Schools, and higher learning is offered at Duke University and NC Central University.