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Amelia County land and farms offer a variety of opportunities for investors and outdoorsmen. The rural community has a strong agricultural industry and still has easy access to big-city offerings such as excellent medical care, entertainment and shopping just 35 miles away in Richmond. Land in Amelia County is widely known for its minerals such as garnet, mica, feldspar and the country’s best supply of amazonite. The 359-square-mile county has a population of 13,013 residents. Farmland occupies 103,000 acres with almost half in woodlands. Livestock and poultry account for 89 percent of the county’s agricultural sales. Amelia Wildlife Management Area encompasses 2,217 acres and offers hunting and fishing as well as other year-round activities for those who enjoy being outside. Most of the area is bounded on the north and east by the Appomattox River. Primarily upland habitat, only 175 acres are bottomland hardwood beaver swamps along the river. Open land is managed in various ways including the development of hedgerows and prescribed burning. Hunters on Amelia County land will find dove fields planted, and there are some opportunities for waterfowl and woodcock hunting. There also are strong deer and turkey populations. The largest employers in Amelia County are public agencies and health care facilities. Amelia County School District provides K-12 education. There are several colleges within 30 miles of the county including Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College.