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Surry County land and farms are considered choice properties by investors, developers and sportsmen because of the rural lifestyle, affordable wages, skilled labor and recreational opportunities. Land in Surry County is in the Coastal region and is adjacent to Charles City County, Isle of Wight, James City County, Prince George, Southampton and Sussex counties. The 310-square-mile county has a population 6,474. Farming, forestry and retail are the largest segments of the economic base. The largest private employers are Dominion Virginia Power, The Atlantic Group Inc. and Surry Seafood Company. The area is known for raising and curing Virginia hams. Farmland encompasses 42,052 acres, and 31% remains in woodlands. Fishermen can catch perch, crappie, bass and catfish and a long list of other species in the James River, Freemans Millpond, Avery Millpond and creeks found throughout the county. Hunters can take deer, turkeys and small game as well as waterfowl on private land or Hog Island Wildlife Management Area. Other attractions include Bacon’s Castle, Smith’s Fort Plantation, Chippokes Plantation State Park and Surry Nuclear Power Plant. Surry County Public Schools provides public education to K-12.