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Jones County land and farms offer investors and sportsmen opportunities to grow their money while enjoying the area’s rural charm. Just 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, land in Jones County is only 1.5 hours from the Triangle area. There are no large employers in the county, and the economic base relies primarily on agriculture and timber sales. The land in Jones County stretches out 475 square miles and has 9,400 residents. Farmland takes up 66,000 acres, and livestock and poultry account for 86% of agricultural sales. Crops include wheat, corn, sweet potatoes and peanuts, and it ranks second in the state in tobacco sales. The Weyerhaeuser Co. and several smaller timber companies own substantial timber stands. The Trent River, one of the world’s oldest rivers, flows west to east through the county. The White Oak River flows along the southern edge of the county and forms the boundary between it and Onslow County. There are several lakes and ponds that have potential for being waterfowl impoundments. Bears, deer and turkeys are plentiful in the area, and fishermen enjoy casting in the waterways. Jones County Schools provides K-12 public education, and Lenior Community College–Jones County offers higher education.