Marana, Az. Real Estate
Marana is a town in Pima County, located northwest of Tucson. Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000. Marana has a current population of roughly 40,000. Marana is currently 121 sq. /miles in size. The southern portion of Marana has grown considerably since the early 1990s with the addition of businesses and some housing.
During World War II, the rising importance of military power came quickly to Marana. The Marana Airfield (1942-’45) was the largest pilot-training center in the world, training some 10,000 flyers. Five Titan sites were later located in the area as part of a complex of ballistic missile installations built around Tucson.
In March 1977, the Town incorporated about 10 square miles and in August of that year, the 1,500 residents elected their first town council. In early 1979, the town began to grow through a targeted annexation policy and now measures a little more than 120 square miles with a population of almost 37,000.
Marana was named for the Spanish word maraña ("thicket") by 19th century railroad workers who had to clear a line through the area. In 2007, Marana began hosting PGA’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. It also features Pinal Airpark, which is storage for many commercial airlines. There is also Marana Regional Airport, which was purchased by the town from Pima County in 1999. However, it does not serve commercial airlines.