The 2000 census showed that the town of Marana was the fastest growing municipality in Arizona, increasing its population by more than 500 percent during the preceding decade. Given the town’s continued growth, it’s very likely Marana will still be at the top of this list following the 2010 census.

Newcomers will be able to choose from affordable homes in master-planned communities built on the flat farm fields or the million-dollar homes of the golf resort communities being built in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains. Many of the plans have already started with the burgeoning master-planned communities of Continental Ranch, Continental Reserve and Dove Mountain. In between the communities will lie exceptional shopping centers, restaurants, parks and recreation facilities and industrial parks, and a large swath of protected desert is set aside for the preservation of endangered plants and animals.

The largest livestock auction house in the region, Marana Stockyards, remains a town fixture, as do the numerous guest ranches and horse properties sprinkled around the town. Agriculture, the heart and soul of the town and the reason it exists, has also been integrated in areas for continued farming and agricultural uses that will blend with the more modern suburbia.

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