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Tustin, California, is a city that inspires nostalgia as evidenced by this review on http://www.areavibes.com/tustin-ca/reviews/: “I grew up in Tustin, California and hope to live there again someday. Just minutes away from beaches, Disneyland, malls, and vibrant Universities; the city’s central location in the middle of Orange County is one of its greatest assets. There are a variety of neighborhoods in Tustin, each with different appeal. Old Towne Tustin is the historic district, which offers a quaint old town with locally owned businesses and restaurants, surrounded by vintage homes–some built in the early 1900s. Tustin Ranch is a far more recent development; this family-friendly planned community features parks, greenbelts, and a golf course. Tustin Ranch is also located near The Market Place, an open-air shopping mecca with a host of dining and entertainment options. As a resident, Tustin offers convenience, variety, and a central location that is easy to commute from. When you’re in Tustin, you can get just about anywhere in Orange County within 40 minutes, thanks to the efficient freeway system the city is adjacent to. Visitors to Tustin will benefit from all the convenience that residents enjoy, allowing travelers an affordable option right in the heart of fun-filled Orange County.”

The city is located in the center of Orange County next to Santa Ana in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and it is fondly referred to as the city of trees. Due to the fact that it has lots of start-ups, leading to a high per capita income, and also that it is only a short commute to LA Forbes voted it one of the top 25 cities to live in in 2009. It is well known for its incredible views of the Pacific Coast and Saddleback Mountains. Although it has lots of commercial and residential development it is a very green city, full of trees old and young. It has a population of about 76,000 people.

The history of Tustin can be traced back to the Tongva and Luiseno Indians who lived in the area thousands of years ago. Spanish explorers arrived in 1776 and in 1801 Spain granted a large tract of land to Jose Antonio Yorba out of which he creates Rancho San Antonio. Today, the cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach are located where the ranch once stood. Wikipedia explains how modern day Tustin came to be: “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.”

Today, the city has a population that is 53% white, 3% African American, 20% Asian and the rest is a mix of other races. It has a livability index of 72 which makes it a very good place to live. The cost of living is 12% higher than the average across the state, while the median household income is 16% higher than the average in California. You will be safe living in Tustin because it has a crime rate that is 26% lower than the California average. High school graduation rates are 1% higher than the state average and the city is served by the Tustin Unified School District and it supervises some of the best schools in California, as explained on Wikipedia: “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 nonprofit, private, higher education institute, is located in the city of Tustin.”

Homes are not cheap in Tustin – the median home value is 35% higher than the California average – but they are also not as expensive as homes in many other cities in the state. A small 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home will cost you around $440,000 while a bigger 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home will cost you $700,000.

If you are moving to Tustin with the hopes of getting a job you will be happy to know that there are excellent employers in the city. Apart from all the startups in the area, there are several big employers – Tustin Unified School District, Rockwell Collins, Ricoh, Costco, Safmarine, GE Power Electronics, the City of Tustin, Tustin Hospital, Toshiba, MicroVention and the Balboa Water Group are just some of them.

Residents of Tustin spend a lot of time outdoors because the weather is good all year round – summer highs get to about 70F. There are lots of parks, walking and hiking trails but there are also several tourist attractions that keep both residents and visitors busy. They include The Market Place where you can shop to your heart’s content, Jamestown Village Center, The District, Enderie Center, Marconi Automobile Museum, Old Town Tustin and if you fancy golf the Tustin Ranch Golf Course is a great place for you to enjoy it.

All in all, Tustin is a great place to live and because real estate is not too expensive you should not have a hard time relocating there.