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Sussex County land and farms offer investors, homebuyers and sportsmen a rural atmosphere, business-friendly community, good transportation access and a haven for those with a hankering for the great outdoors. Located in the Coastal region, land in Sussex County is bordered by Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry, Southampton and Greensville counties. The 493-square-mile county has 11,159 residents. The county is in the southcentral region of the state, 45 miles from Richmond and 25 miles from the tri-cities area that also includes Petersburg and Hopewell. Access to the region is via I-94 and US Highway 460. The local economy is based on agriculture and agriculture-related manufacturing. Tourism and peanut shelling also contribute to the economic base. Farmland encompasses 66,257 acres with cropland used for 68% of the acreage. The area is a favorite of anglers who strive to catch their limits on the Nottoway and Blackwater rivers and Stony Creek. Nottoway has a diverse fishery that includes bass, catfish, shad, herring, bluegill, redbreast, redear sunfish and crappie. Hunters find lots of opportunities on both private and public lands to stalk their favorite game. Big Woods Wildlife Management Area covers a total of 4,173 acres and is adjacent to Big Woods State Forest and the Nature Conservancy's Piney Grove Preserve. Game animals found on the management area include bobwhite quail, deer, turkeys, pheasants, fox and red squirrels. Sussex County Public Schools provides K-12 public education.