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Wayne County land and farms are great investments for investors, developers and homebuyers looking for a rural lifestyle with low wages, skilled workforce and a variety of the commercial services. Land in Wayne County is in the Coastal Plain and adjacent to Wilson, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Sampson and Johnston counties. Much of the population of 123,000 is drawn to the 557-square-mile county by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, the hub of the county. US Highway 70, US Highway 17 and US Highway 13 cut through the county making transportation and access for shipping and traveling an asset. In addition to retail and services, farming and manufacturing also are key to the economic viability of the area. Farming includes 165,345 acres of land, and livestock and poultry produce 82% of agricultural sales. Top private employers include Case Farms Processing Inc., Mount Olive Pickle Co. Inc. and Georgia-Pacific LLC. The Neuse River, Little River, Cape Fear River and many creeks lure fishermen in search of shad, striped bass, largemouth bass and catfish. Hunters stalk deer, turkeys and small game birds. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park offer outdoor activities including fishing, camping, paddling and hiking. Wayne County Schools provides K-12 public education. University of Mount Olive, Wayne Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College - Goldsboro campus offer higher learning.