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Farms and land in Marion County are a value that shouldn’t be overlooked. The small 494-square-mile county has a population of 31,000 residents and has 50,000 acres in farmland. Fifty-five percent of farmland is used for crops and livestock, and 29% is in woodlands that offer terrific hunting opportunities for those who want to chase deer, turkeys, quail, doves and feral hogs. Many of the properties are perfect for creating impoundments to attract waterfowl needed to form hunt clubs. The woodlands also can be timbered in the near- or long-term future. Part of Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge lies within its boundaries making it rich in natural resources. Its overall economic engine is powered by healthcare, manufacturing and retail. The top employers in the county are SOPAKCO, a food processing and packaging company that makes MREs, AVM Industries that manufactures automotive components, and Beneteau, sailboat builders. An eager, experienced labor pool makes staffing any project a breeze. Property tax averages 53 cent per $100 evaluation. Marion County School District provides K-12 public education, and there are several colleges and universities within a 30-minute drive.