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King William County land and farms are attractive to investors, developers, homebuyers and sportsmen looking for low labor costs, low cost of living, a rural setting with good natural resources and quick access to big-city amenities via US Highway 360. Located in the Coastal region, land in King William County is adjacent to Caroline, King and Queen, New Kent and Hanover counties. The 286-square-mile county includes 12 square miles of water. Its population is 17,148. The City of Richmond’s growth has led to increased interest in business-friendly King William County where there is a reliable labor pool and an easy commute for homebuyers. Manufacturing, construction and retail form the base of the local economy, and traditional farming and timbering continue to play a role. Farmland encompasses 47,456 acres, and crops provide 88% of the agricultural sales. Thirty-six percent of the acreage remains in woodlands, some ready to be harvested. Bounded by the Mattaponi River on the north and Pamunkey River on the south, fishermen can snag catfish, striped bass, largemouth bass, perch, crappie and other species. Hunters enjoy bagging waterfowl, deer, turkeys and occasionally bears on both private and public lands. Cumberland Marsh Natural Area helps draw waterfowl into the area as do impoundments created in farm fields. Other attractions include the Pamunkey Indian Museum. The Pamunkey and Mattaponi Indian reservations in the county are two of only 11 in the state to receive state recognition. King William County Public Schools provide K-12 public education.