Tustin, California

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Tustin, California
Official seal of Tustin, California
Location of Tustin within Orange County, California.
Location of Tustin within Orange County, California.
Tustin, California is located in the US
Tustin, California
Tustin, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°44′23″N 117°48′49″W / 33.73972°N 117.81361°W / 33.73972; -117.81361Coordinates: 33°44′23″N 117°48′49″W / 33.73972°N 117.81361°W / 33.73972; -117.81361
Country  United States
State  California
County Orange[1]
Incorporated September 21, 1927[2]
 • Mayor Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett[3]
 • Total 11.082 sq mi (28.701 km2)
 • Land 11.082 sq mi (28.701 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[1] 138 ft (42 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[5]
 • Total 75,540
 • Estimate (2013)[5] 78,327
 • Density 6,800/sq mi (2,600/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes 92780–92782
Area code(s) 657/714, 949
FIPS code 06-80854
GNIS feature IDs 1661590, 2412117
Website www.tustinca.org

Tustin is a city located in Orange County, California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. As of the census of 2010, Tustin had a population of 75,540. The city is located next to the county seat, Santa Ana, and does not include the Tustin Foothills.

Because of a top 10% ranking in start-ups and sole proprietors per capita and one of the shortest commutes in Southern California, the city was chosen in 2009 by Forbes as one of the top 25 towns to live well in America.[6][7]

Since 2009, Tustin has changed and is no longer a "Business Friendly" Community. In November of 2016, the Tustin City Council voted to remove 30 long term manufacturing businesses who were given just Thirty Day Notices to quit.[8] The City Economic Development Manager attributed the intentional lack of outreach and disclosure to Tustin's concern for the Property Owner and the Developer. Over 130 Light Manufacturing jobs were put at risk in order to make sure the project had limited opposition and the Landlord collected the maximum amount of rent. [9]

The State of CA, Dept of Industrial Relations is investigating the City of Tustin, and the Developer, Intracorp who directed the Property Owner, Said & Mahin Shokrian to serve the 30 day notices for a potential violation of the WARN Act. The CA WARN Act requires a 90 notice period for properties where 75 workers or more will be impacted.

Ricoh is leaving the town for greener pastures causing the city to lose another 147 jobs, in yet another example of the bad business climate in Tustin in the fall of 2016.[10] The Tustin City Council actively sued it's largest employer, Tustin Unified School District under the leadership, in part of John Nielsen, the present Mayor, costing the community a small fortune and creating acrimony. Tustin is arguably the worse city in Orange County to locate a business.


Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño nations long inhabited this area.[citation needed] After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish expedition led by Father Junipero Serra named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint Anne). On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the area's first permanent European settlement in Alta California, New Spain.

In 1801, the Spanish Empire granted 62,500 acres (253 km2) to Jose Antonio Yorba, which he named Rancho San Antonio. Yorba's great rancho included the lands where the cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach stand today. Smaller ranchos evolved from this large rancho including the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana.

After the Mexican-American war, Alta California became part of the United States and American settlers arrived in this area. Columbus Tustin, a carriage maker from Northern California, founded the city in the 1870s on 1,300 acres (5 km²) of land from the former Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. The city was incorporated in 1927 with a population of about 900. The townsite was bordered by Camino Real on the south, Newport Avenue on the east, 1st Street on the north, & the Costa Mesa Freeway on the west. During World War II, a Navy anti-submarine airship base (later to become a Marine Corps helicopter station) was established in unincorporated land south of the city; the two dirigible hangars are among the largest wooden structures ever built and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and ASCE List of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks. Suburban growth after the war resulted in increased population, annexation of nearby unincorporated land including the base, and development of orchards and farmland into housing tracts and shopping malls.


Tustin is located at 33°44′23″N 117°48′49″W / 33.739618°N 117.813533°W / 33.739618; -117.813533.[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.7 km²)

It is bordered by Irvine on the south and east, Orange and the census designated Tustin Foothills on the north, and Santa Ana on the west.


Tustin has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa).

Climate data for Tustin
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 70
Average low °F (°C) 47
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.96
Source: NOAA [12]


Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Tustin Unified School District 1,100
2 Rockwell Collins 600
3 Ricoh 500
4 Costco 450
5 Safmarine 400
6 GE Power Electronics 330
7 City of Tustin 300
8 Tustin Hospital 291
9 Toshiba 300
10 MicroVention 300
11 Balboa Water Group 253
12 Kleen Impressions 250
13 Warner Systems 250


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 227
1930 926
1940 953 2.9%
1950 1,143 19.9%
1960 2,006 75.5%
1970 22,190 1,006.2%
1980 32,248 45.3%
1990 50,689 57.2%
2000 67,504 33.2%
2010 75,540 11.9%
Est. 2015 80,583 [14] 6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
Tustin, 1890.


The 2010 United States Census[16] reported that Tustin had a population of 75,540. The population density was 6,816.7 people per square mile (2,632.0/km²). The racial makeup of Tustin was 39,729 (52.6%) White (34.8% Non-Hispanic White),[17] 1,722 (2.3%) African American, 442 (0.6%) Native American, 15,299 (20.3%) Asian, 268 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 14,499 (19.2%) from other races, and 3,581 (4.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30,024 persons (39.7%).

The Census reported that 75,020 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, 340 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 180 (0.2%) were institutionalized.

There were 25,203 households, out of which 10,465 (41.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 12,969 (51.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3,494 (13.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,472 (5.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,568 (6.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 193 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,178 households (20.5%) were made up of individuals and 1,403 (5.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98. There were 17,935 families (71.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.46.

The population was spread out with 20,212 people (26.8%) under the age of 18, 6,856 people (9.1%) aged 18 to 24, 25,033 people (33.1%) aged 25 to 44, 17,006 people (22.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 6,433 people (8.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.4 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

There were 26,476 housing units at an average density of 2,389.2 per square mile (922.5/km²), of which 12,813 (50.8%) were owner-occupied, and 12,390 (49.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.8%. 36,783 people (48.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 38,237 people (50.6%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Tustin had a median household income of $74,011, with 12.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[17]


As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 67,504 people, 23,831 households, and 16,062 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,921.4 inhabitants per square mile (2,286.3/km²). There were 25,501 housing units at an average density of 2,236.9 per square mile (863.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.72% White, 2.92% African American, 0.66% Native American, 14.90% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 17.94% from other races, and 4.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.24% of the population.

There were 23,831 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 38.1% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,985, and the median income for a family was $60,092. Males had a median income of $42,456 versus $33,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,932. About 5.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.



The Tustin City Council is composed of five members elected at large; the Mayorship rotates among the council members and is primarily a ceremonial role.

Mayor Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett was elected to the Tustin City Council in November 2012. His colleagues appointed him Mayor Pro Tem in 2013 and Mayor in 2014. John Nielsen was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. Rebecca "Beckie" Gomez, Al Murray and Dr. Allan Bernstein also serve on the City Council as councilmembers.[3]

Local politics in the late 1990s and early 2000s have been dominated by the 1997 closure of the local Marine Corps Air Station and plans for subsequent commercial development of the land, including an unsuccessful bid by neighboring Santa Ana to build a school on the land, part of which is within Santa Ana Unified School District's territory.

Emergency services[edit]

Fire protection in Tustin is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance service by Doctor's Ambulance. Law enforcement is provided by the Tustin Police Department.

State and federal[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Tustin is in the 37th Senate District, represented by Republican John Moorlach, and in the 68th Assembly District, represented by Republican Steven Choi.[19]

In the United States House of Representatives, Tustin is in California's 45th congressional district, represented by Republican Mimi Walters.[20]


Primary and secondary education in Tustin and surrounding unincorporated areas is overseen by the Tustin Unified School District. Tustin High School is a California Distinguished School, as is Foothill High School (Santa Ana, California). There is also another High School in town called Beckman High which has a high National Ranking relative to the other high schools in town, primarily due to demographics. Tustin High School is also well-known regionally for its strong Model United Nations program.Springfield College, a nonprofit, private, higher education institute, is located in the city of Tustin.

Neighborhood districts[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tustin". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "City Council". City of Tustin, CA. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau. 
  5. ^ a b "Tustin (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ Woolsey, Matt (May 4, 2009). "America's Top 25 Towns To Live Well". Forbes. Retrieved May 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/04/towns-cities-real-estate-lifestyle-real-estate-top-towns_slide_6.html
  8. ^ Advantage Manufacturing (2016-11-24), Lyann Speaks her Mind, retrieved 2016-11-27 
  9. ^ GOULDING, SUSAN CHRISTIAN. "Tustin council gives Flight wings and OKs new Vintage condos". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  10. ^ MADANS, HANNAH. "Tustin-based Ricoh Electronics to lay off 147, move HQ to Georgia". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/datatools/normals
  13. ^ City of Tustin CAFR
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Tustin city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0680854.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  19. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ "California's 45th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. 
  21. ^ a b TWLL players in the majors

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