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Farms and land in Suffolk attract investors, developers and outdoorsmen looking for space to accommodate their needs and wants. Major transportation corridors, US Highway 17, US Highway 13, US Highway 58 and I-664, crisscross the area. The city of Suffolk land, located in the Coastal region, is adjacent to Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Newport News, Isle of Wight, Southampton cities and counties in Virginia as well as Camden and Gates counties in North Carolina. It includes 429 square miles, which makes it the largest city in land size in the state. Its population of 93,000 depends on its diverse economic base that includes farming, manufacturing and service businesses. Farmland includes 79,000 acres, and crops provide 84% of the agricultural sales. The top private employers include Science Applications International Corp., Target Corp., Planters’ Peanuts owned by Kraft Foods, Unilever, Lipton Tea, QVC, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Fishermen catch a variety of species in the Nansemond and James rivers. Hunters stalk deer, turkeys and bear. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge offer many opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, bird watching and other outdoor activities. Suffolk City Public Schools provides public education for K-12. Paul D. Camp Community College offers higher education.