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Farms and land in Horry County are taking on even more significance to investors as high inland properties become more coveted as the coastal portion is attracting the largest population increase by those wanting to be close to the Atlantic Ocean. Tourism is the area’s largest industry with the coast and Myrtle Beach drawing thousands of visitors a year. Manufacturing and farming also add to its economic base. Although the county has 354,000 residents, the inland area is still sparsely populated. Farmland occupies about 170,000 acres of the 1,259 square-mile county. About 70% of the land is used for crops, and 24% is woodlands. Located in the Atlantic Flyway, Horry County land is a great place to build impoundments to attract a variety of waterfowl including Canada Geese. Fishing for freshwater and saltwater species in a popular pastime with both residents and visitors. Manufacturing and corporate entities include AVX Corporations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Horry Telephone Cooperative. With the lowest property tax rate in South Carolina at just 37 cents per $100 evaluation, upland Horry County land is a great low-cost investment. Horry County School District is the third-largest in the state and provides K-12 public education. Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College offer higher educational opportunities.