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Farms and land in Columbus County are choice buys for investors and developers looking for low prices, low wages and a trained workforce. Located in the Coastal Plain, Columbus County land is in the southeastern part of the state next to the South Carolina border and surrounded by Horry, Roberson, Brunswick, Pender and Bladen counties. Convenient to the port in Wilmington, product transportation is readily available to the area’s manufacturing and agriculture sectors. The 954-square-mile county includes 141,080 acres of farms. Crops account for 36% of the agricultural sales and livestock and poultry the remaining 64%. With a population of 55,000, the county has maintained its rural feel in what is the third largest county in the state. Major private employers include International Paper Co., BB&T, Atlantic Corporation Manufacturing and National Spinning Co Inc. Lake Tabor and Lake Waccamaw are two of the several large lakes in the area. Hunters go after deer, bear, waterfowl and doves. Fishermen enjoy catching bass, trout and catfish. One of the most significant geographic features is the Green Swamp, a 15,907-acre area in the northeastern part of the county that contains several unique and endangered species such as Venus flytrap. Columbus County Schools provides K-12 public education, and Southeastern Community College offers higher learning.