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Farms and land in Vance County are great investments for developers, manufacturers, homebuyers and sportsmen. In addition to low wages, the 270-square-mile county has excellent transportation accessibilities with I-85, US Highway 1 and US Highway 158 intersecting within its borders. Located in the Piedmont in the northeastern section of the state, Vance County land is bordered by Warren, Franklin and Granville counties in North Carolina and Virginia to the north. There are 44,535 residents who primarily work in agriculture and manufacturing. Vance County land includes 66,157 acres, and 98% of the agricultural sales is in crops. Cropland covers about 31% and woodlands 57%, which offers good timbering opportunities. The Kerr Lake area is a favorite for camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, golf and other outdoor pursuits. Fishermen go after the largemouth and striped bass, catfish, crappies and more. The lake’s 850 miles of shoreline stretches across the county into Virginia, making it one of the largest lakes in the southeast. Henderson, the county seat, has antique and gift stores as well as other retailers. Manufacturing and trade play a large role in the county’s economic base. The top employers in the private sector include Variety Wholesalers Inc., Wal-Mart Associates Inc., Pacific Coast Feather Co., Ardagh Glass Inc. and Genco Distribution System. Vance County Schools provides K-12 public education, and Vance-Granville Community College offers higher learning.