Clockwise from top: Tustin High School Student Quad, Old MCAS Base Tustin Blimp Hangar, Sherman Stevens House.
Location of Tustin within Orange County, California.
|Incorporated||September 21, 1927|
|Named for||Columbus Tustin|
|• Mayor||Chuck Puckett|
|• Total||11.12 sq mi (28.81 km2)|
|• Land||11.12 sq mi (28.81 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||138 ft (42 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||7,133.69/sq mi (2,754.34/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
|Area code(s)||657/714, 949|
|GNIS feature IDs||1661590, 2412117|
Tustin is a city located in Orange County, California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. In 2019, Tustin had a population of 79,348. The city is located next to the county seat, Santa Ana, and does not include North Tustin.
Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño nations long inhabited this area. 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 and communities 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, and 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 on 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 centers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.7 km2).
|Climate data for Tustin|
|Average high °F (°C)||70
|Average low °F (°C)||47
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||2.96
|Source: NOAA |
|U.S. Decennial Census to 2010|
The 2010 United States Census reported that Tustin had a population of 75,540. The population density was 6,816.7 per square mile (2,631.9/km2). The racial makeup was 39,729 (52.6%) White (34.8% Non-Hispanic White), 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 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 one person and 1,403 (5.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.98. There were 17,935 families (71.2% of households) and the average family size was 3.46.
The age distribution was 20,212 people (26.8%) under the age of 18, 6,856 (9.1%) aged 18 to 24, 25,033 (33.1%) aged 25 to 44, 17,006 (22.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 6,433 (8.5%) who were 65 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 the occupied units, 12,813 (50.8%) were owner-occupied and 12,390 (49.2%) were rented. 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.
At the 2000 census, there were 67,504 people in 23,831 households, including 16,062 families, in the city. The population density was 5,921.4 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 make-up 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.
Of the 23,831 households, 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 households were one person and 5.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.37.
The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $55,985 and the median family income was $60,092. Males had a median income of $42,456 and females $33,688. The per capita income 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.
According to the city's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of employees|
|1||Tustin Unified School District||1,100|
|6||GE Power Electronics||330|
|7||City of Tustin||300|
|11||Balboa Water Group||253|
Arts and culture
Points of interest
- The Market Place, formerly known as Tustin Market Place
- The District
- Enderle Center
- Marconi Automotive Museum
- Old Town Tustin
- Tustin Ranch Golf Course
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 Allan Bernstein was elected to the Tustin City Council in 2012. In 2019, Letitia Clark was chosen to serve as mayor pro tem, Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett, Barry Cooper and Austin Lumbard are also on the City Council as council members.
Local politics in the late 1990s and early 2000s were dominated by the 1997 closure of the local Marine Corps Air Station and plans for the 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.
State and federal
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. Arnold O. Beckman High School is in the Best High Schools according to U.S. News & World Report. Tustin High School is also well-known regionally for its strong Model United Nations program. Springfield College, a non-profit, private, higher education institute, is located in the city of Tustin.
Fire protection in Tustin is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority. Law enforcement is provided by the Tustin Police Department.
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- Cuba Gooding Jr., actor, best known for Oscar-winning role portraying the character Rod Tidwell in the movie Jerry Maguire, attended Tustin High School, but graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California
- Rachel Kimsey, actress, best known for portraying the character Mackenzie Browning on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, graduated from Tustin High School
- Matthew Lillard, actor, best known for portraying the character Shaggy in the Scooby Doo movies and Stu Macher in the movie Scream graduated from Foothill High School
- John Locke, a fictional character, played by actor Terry O'Quinn on the television show Lost, is from Tustin
- Caroline Sunshine, actress, best known for portraying the character Tinka on Shake It Up (Disney), graduated from Orange Lutheran High School
- Sam Baker, former NFL offensive tackle for Atlanta Falcons, graduated from Tustin High School
- James Beaumont "Beau" Bell, professional American football player, former NFL linebacker for Cleveland Browns, graduated from Tustin High School
- Heath Bell, former MLB all-star closing pitcher for San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays; graduated from Tustin High School
- Milorad Čavić, three-time Olympic swimmer for Serbia (2000, 2004, 2008), graduated from Tustin High School
- Chris Chester, NFL offensive lineman for Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons; graduated from Tustin High School
- Gerrit Cole, current MLB pitcher for New York Yankees, lived in Tustin 
- DeShaun Foster, former NFL running back for Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, graduated from Tustin High School
- Evelyn Furtsch, swimmer, 1932 Summer Olympics, women's 400-meter relay team (Wilhemina von Brenen, Jeanette Rodgers, Evelyn Furtsch and Mary Carew) won gold medal with Olympic record of 47 seconds flat; graduated from Tustin High School
- Alfonso Gómez, current professional welterweight boxer and former contestant on The Contender, lived in Tustin
- Doug Gottlieb, ESPN analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show on ESPN Radio, and former basketball point guard for Notre Dame and Oklahoma State University, graduated from Tustin High School
- Mark Grace, former MLB all-star first baseman for Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks, broadcaster and coach, graduated from Tustin High School
- Shawn Green, former MLB all-star outfielder for Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets, graduated from Tustin High School
- Billy Hart, Minor League Baseball outfielder, attended Foothill High School
- Rex Hudler, former MLB utility player for New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, California Angels and Philadelphia Phillies, as well as for Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball league; former broadcaster for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, current broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals lived in Tustin
- Phil Hughes, MLB starting pitcher for Minnesota Twins, graduated from Foothill High School
- Matt Konan, professional ice hockey defense, currently playing for Lehigh Valley Phantoms as a Philadelphia Flyers' prospect
- Jillian Kraus (born 1986), water polo player
- Caitlin Lowe, former National Pro Fastpitch softball outfielder for USSSA Pride and for USA Softball in 2008 Beijing Olympics, graduated from Foothill High School
- Matt McCoy, former NFL linebacker for Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, graduated from Tustin High School
- Frostee Rucker, current NFL defensive end of Arizona Cardinals, graduated from Tustin High School
- Dave Staton, former MLB first baseman for San Diego Padres
- Richard Umphrey III, former NFL center for New York Giants and San Diego Chargers, graduated from Tustin High School
- Zack Weiss, American-Israeli MLB pitcher.
- Corky King, founder of Summum, graduated from Tustin High School
- Mary Kay Letourneau, daughter of US Representative John G. Schmitz and former schoolteacher, internationally publicized for being convicted in 1997 for statutory second degree rape of a 12-year-old student.
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