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Portions of Lee County land and farms lie in the east-central section of the state, part in the northern and northwestern sandhills area and the remainder in the Coastal Plain. Its population of 17,000 includes experienced labor, and its low wages are a plus for expanding businesses or developing new projects. The county’s economic base is primarily manufacturing and farming. The 410-square-mile county includes 110,000 acres of farm land. More than 70% of the land is devoted to crops and pasture. Livestock, poultry and products produce 62% of its annual agricultural sales. Lee County land is one of the top producers of cotton in the state. Coty LLC, Caterpillar Inc., Pilgrims Pride Corporation, Frontier Spinning Mills and Tyson Mexican Original Inc. are among its top private employers. The Lynches River forms parts of both the southeastern and northern boundaries. Lee State Park lies along the Lynches River, and its shores often host anglers ready to snag sunfish, redbreast, catfish and bass. The rural setting also entices hunters looking to bag deer, bear, turkeys and doves. Lee County School District provides public education for K-12, and Central Carolina Technical Colleges offers higher learning opportunities.