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Richmond County land and farms attract businesses, investors and sportsmen with the low wages, low cost of living and skilled work force. Located in the Coastal region, land in Richmond County is adjacent to Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster and Essex counties. The 216-square-mile county includes 25 square miles of water and has 9,038 residents. The major highway is US Highway 360 and State Route 3. It is in the Northern Neck of Virginia and is within a 60-minute drive to the City of Richmond and within two hours of Washington, D.C. Farming, fishing and forestry continue to be its economic base. Farmland encompasses 31,952 acres, and 95% of its agricultural sales are for crops. Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge offers a diverse selection of outdoor recreation including fishing. Fishermen can snag bass, chain pickerel, fallfish, bluegills, crappie and largemouth bass. The wildlife refuge also is a favorite of hunters who can stalk deer, turkeys and small game there or on private land. Another popular attraction is the Richmond County Museum. Richmond County Public Schools provide K-12 public education. Rappahannock Community College offers higher education.