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Wilson County land and farms attract investors, developers and businesses with its low wages and skilled workforce. Land in Wilson County covers 374 square miles and is adjacent to Nash, Edgecombe, Pitt, Greene, Wayne and Johnston counties. Located in the Coastal Plain, it has a population of 82,000. US Highway 264 provides easy access to major transportation corridors for shipping products. Agriculture, manufacturing and services are its major economic contributors. Farming includes 123,000 acres, and crops produce 77% of agricultural sales. Manufactured products include tires, apparel, glass bottles, fire protection equipment and fiberglass tubs and showers. Top private sector employers include Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation, Alliance One International Inc., S T Wooten Construction Co Inc. NC., Kidde Aerospace/Fenwal Safety Systems and Smithfield Foods Inc. Fishing and hunting are popular sports with hunters bagging deer, turkeys, occasional wild hogs and small game birds. Fishing for crappie, bass and catfish and other species draws fishermen to Contentnea Creek, Buckhorn Reservoir, Mill Run, and Marsh, Hominy, Cattail, Aycock and Goss swamps. Other attractions include Imagination Station Science & History Museum, Wilson Botanical Gardens and North Carolina Baseball Museum. Wilson County Schools provides K-12 public education. Wilson Community College and Barton College offer higher education.