Established in 1758, Halifax County is in northeastern/north-central North Carolina approximately eight miles from the Virginia border. Located in the Roanoke River and Tar-Pamlico River basins, it is one of the largest geopraphical counties in North Carolina, encompassing an area of approximately 722 square miles with a population of about 55,000 residents. Principle industries include textiles, tourism, industrial and agricultural businesses. Halifax County has a Council/Manager form of government with about 550 full-time employees in 19 departments and an operating budget of over $37 million. During its more than 240 years of existence, Halifax County has become a premier location for its quality of life and convenient access to a variety of recreational activities. Halifax County has evolved into a center for arts, culture, education, business and tourism.