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Farms and land in Northumberland County attract sportsmen, businesses and developers looking for unique opportunities offered by the water on three sides of the county, affordable wages and a rural lifestyle. Located in the Coastal region, it is adjacent to Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland counties in Virginia and St. Mary's County MD. Northumberland County land is part of a 286-square-mile area that includes 67 square miles of farmland and 94 square miles of water. It is located between the Rappahannock River to the south, Potomac River to the north and Chesapeake Bay east of the county. The population is 12,147 residents. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, retail and construction mix to form its economic base. Farmland covers 43,480 acres, and 86% of agricultural sales are for crops. The top private employers include Omega Protein, Manufacturing Techniques, Carry On Trailer Corp. and Cowart Seafood Corporation. Both recreational and commercial fishing contribute significantly to the tax coffers with both fresh- and saltwater species to catch. Hunters can stalk deer, turkeys and small game or try their hand at waterfowl hunting in the Atlantic Flyway. Other attractions include fishing charters, Smith Point Light, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and natural areas such as Damerons Marsh, Hughlett Point and Bush Mill Stream. Northumberland County Public Schools provides K-12 public education.