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Farms and land in Caroline County are attractive to businesses, developers, homebuyers and sportsmen lured by great transportation corridors, high quality of living, skilled workforce and spectacular assortment of natural resources. Located in the Coastal region, it is adjacent to King George, Hanover, King William, King and Queen, Essex and Spotsylvania counties. Caroline County land encompasses a 537-square-mile area and is home to 30,772 residents. Transportation infrastructure includes I-95, US Highway 1 and US Highway 17. It has a diverse economy that includes the Department of Defense, manufacturing, farming, retail and tourism. Farmland encompasses 61,831 acres, and crops provide 96% of agricultural sales. Many farmers create impoundments in their fields to attract waterfowl for hunters. Top private employers include McKesson Corp., M.C. Dean and Pilot Travel Centers LLC. Hunters can find plenty of prey in and near the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Mattaponi Wildlife Management Area. The Mattaponi preserve includes portions of the Mattaponi and South rivers, which provide diverse habitat that attracts deer, turkeys, squirrels, wood ducks and woodcocks. Fishermen can get bragging rights by fishing in the Mattaponi, South and Rappahannock rivers where they can snag bluegill, redbreast sunfish, largemouth bass, pickerel, bowfin and brown bullheads. Other attractions include the site of the Virginia State Fair and birthplace of William Clark of Lewis & Clark. Caroline County Public Schools provides K-12 public education.