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Farms and land in Montgomery County are sought after by developers, homebuyers, investors and outdoorsmen seeking an area with low wages, skilled workforce and a laid-back atmosphere with big-city amenities. Located in the Appalachian region, Montgomery County land is bordered by Craig, Giles, Pulaski, Floyd and Roanoke counties as well as the independent City of Radford. The 389-square-mile county is home to 98,535 residents. Virginia Tech, the state’s second-largest public university, is the area’s largest employer, and its presence has influenced the types of other industries that have brought jobs and money to the region. Research, manufacturing and farming add to the economic base. Farmland encompasses 101,672 acres, and livestock and poultry account for 70% of agricultural sales. Twenty-seven percent of farmland remains as woodlands that can be hunted or timbered. I-81 and US Highway 460 provide transportation corridors needed for shipping and other access. Top private employers include BAE Systems-Ordnance Systems, Moog Inc. NC and Lexington Row Furniture. The New River and the Blue Ridge Mountains offer up treasures to fishermen and hunters, hikers, boaters and bird-watchers. The Washington & Jefferson National Forests, the Transamerica Trail and the Huckleberry Trail draw hikers and cyclists from near and far. Other attractions include Falls Ridge Preserve and Coal Mining Heritage Trail. Montgomery County Public Schools provides K-12 public education. Virginia Tech, Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and New River Community College offer higher learning.