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Farms and land in Tazewell County are the perfect buy for investors, businesses and sportspeople because of its low wages, access to major transportation corridors US Highway 460 and US Highway 19, abundant wildlife and natural resources. Tazewell County land is located in the Appalachian region of the state and is bordered by Buchanan, Russell, Smyth and Bland counties in Virginia and McDowell and Mercer counties in West Virginia. Heavily dependent on coal production into the 20th century, it has been transitioning to a more diverse economy. Outdoor adventures attract hikers, ATV enthusiasts, campers, hunters and fishermen. Retail, light manufacturing and faming combined with the new outdoor adventures visitation now form the base of the local economy. The 520-square-mile county is home to a population of 40,595. Farmland encompasses 137,943 acres of which 46% is used for pasture, and 31% remains as woodlands. Livestock and poultry are 91% of agricultural sales. The Clinch River has more than 50 species of mussels, the most of any river in the world. Other species include largemouth bass, spotted and rock bass, crappie and bluegill sunfish. Hunters find that bears, turkeys and deer are plentiful in the county. The Crab Orchard Museum and Pocahontas Exhibition Mine and Museum are popular tourist sites. Tazewell Public Schools provides K-12 public education. Bluefield College and Southwest Virginia Community College offer higher education.