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Farms and land in Franklin County offer unique opportunities for investors, developers and homebuyers. Located in the Piedmont, Franklin County land is rural yet part of the Research Triangle. In addition to traditional farming, textiles and lumbering, it is now adding a new category to its economic base – a bedroom community for the nearby urban areas. Adjacent counties include Wake, Johnston, Nash, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren. The presence of US Highway 64 and US Highway 1 and the nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport provide great access by road and air. The 494-square-mile county has a population of 70,000, many of whom are skilled labor. Farming activities occur on 108,000 acres, and crops account for 59% of the agricultural sales. Forty percent of the acreage is crop land, and 42% remains as woodlands. Included in the top private employers are Novozymes North America Inc., Captive-Aire Systems Inc. and Majestic Marble & Glass Co. Outdoorsmen enjoy fishing in the area water bodies including Bunn Lake and the Tar River. Hunters enjoy bagging turkeys, deer and waterfowl. The county is home to Louisburg College, which is the oldest junior college in the United States. Franklin County Schools provides public education for K-12. Louisburg College, Vance-Granville Community College and several universities within a short drive offer higher learning.