Tustin is located next to the county seat, Santa Ana, and was chosen in 2009 by Forbes as one of the top 25 towns to live in America. It has a top 10% ranking per capita and has one of the shortest commutes in Southern California. It is known as “The City of the Trees” and has reputation as an area leader in education.
Newer communities in Tustin include:
Its growth began in the 1950s where close proximity to freeways, quality schools and post-war industries attracted thousands of people. Houses began to replace the abundant orange groves and today almost all of the orchards are gone. 2,257 acres were annexed to Tustin due to the annexing of the Marine Corps Air Station and Tustin Ranch, a golf course community, was developed. Many of the city’s historic buildings, dating back to the 1880s, are still maintained in “Old Town” in which the museum shows a living history of those times.