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Farms and land in Smyth County are appealing to investors, businesses, sportsmen and homebuyers because of low wages, good transportation corridors via I-81 and I-77 and abundant natural resources. Smyth County land is bordered by Russell, Tazewell, Bland, Wythe, Grayson and Washington counties and is located in the Appalachian region. The 452-square-mile county is home to 30,472 residents. Tourism, farming and manufacturing are the major contributors to its economic base. Farmland encompasses 123,214 acres, and livestock and poultry are 92% of agricultural sales. Woodlands are 24% of farmland. The county has three major valleys carved out by the Holston River, and a large portion of the county is within the boundaries of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The Hungry Mother State Park and Jefferson National Forest also attract visitors, and both sites are popular with hunters and fishermen. Other attractions include the 1929 Lincoln Theater that is now a performing arts center. Museum of the Middle Appalachians includes exhibits about Civil War history, Ice Age and Woodland Indians. The top private employers include Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Teleperformance USA, General Dynamics Advanced Inc. and W&L Construction and Paving. Smyth County Public Schools provides K-12 public education. Virginia Highlands Community College offers higher learning.