Marana, Arizona

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Marana is a town in Pima County, Arizona, located northwest of Tucson, with a small portion in Pinal County.[2] According to 2006 estimates, the population of the town is 31,860.[1] Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000.



Marana is located at 32°23′12″N 111°7′32″W / 32.38667°N 111.12556°W / 32.38667; -111.12556 (32.386539, -111.125437).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 120 square miles (190.5 km²), of which, 119.1 square miles (188.2 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (1.22%) is water. Most boring place.

The town extends along Interstate 10 from the line between Pinal and Pima County to the Tucson city line, excepting the area around the unincorporated community of Rillito. The city has a history of farming and ranching. The Tucson Mountains and the western half of Saguaro National Park are located to the south. Phoenix is approximately one hour north via Interstate 10.

Annexation controversy and lawsuit

The southern portion of Marana has grown considerably since the early 1990s with the addition of businesses and some housing, much of it due to annexation of existing unincorporated areas. In 1992, the Marana Town Council voted to annex an area of unincorportated Pima County that was located to the southeast of the town limits at that time. The area selected was a narrow corridor of land ("Strip Annexation") that snaked its way south along Interstate 10, then to the east along Ina Road, and then south along Thornydale Road. These areas were mainly high density commercial businesses and shopping centers, including large retailers such as Super K-Mart (now closed), Costco Wholesale, Target, and Home Depot. The areas were selected by Marana to be annexed, by their own admission, strictly for their sales tax revenue.[4][5] The large residential areas behind these commercial areas were not annexed however, much to the dismay of the city of Tucson and competing neighborhood activists.[6][7] It was widely believed (and not contested by Marana officials) that the town had deliberately gerrymandered the annexation so they would not have to annex the adjacent residential areas, because houses do not produce any sales tax revenue, and the residents there would expect additional services like police protection.

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