Jobs in Tustin, California, United States
Location and Population. Tustin is a suburban city in Orange County, 34 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. In 2016, the estimated population numbered around 80,395, of which 31 percent foreign-born. The ethnic mix is mainly Hispanic (40%), Non-Hispanic White (32%) and Non-Hispanic Asian (22%) Median household income was just above the statewide figure in 2008, but by 2015 it had increased significantly. Unemployment is low, but cost of living is high and the share living in poverty is increasing and now quite high.
Origins. Columbus Tustin, a real estate developer from northern California, purchased land south of Los Angeles in 1868, established a Tustin school district and post office, and started selling lots in 1872. Although not a major railroad center, the city nevertheless grew into a prosperous agricultural community and incorporated in 1927. In 1941, the Navy built two huge wooden structures (the Tustin Hangars) in a nearby bean field to house lighter-than-air blimps which ran anti-submarine patrols on the Pacific coast. In 1951 the facility was converted into a Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) and remained in use as a center for helicopter operations until its closure in 1999. Tustin’s economy continued to depend on tree crops (apricots, walnuts and later oranges) until the 1960s, when an industrial boom in southern California drove out the orchards and new housing developments took their place.
Economy. From a small town of only 2000 people in 1960, Tustin grew to a city of 22,000 in 1970 and has continued to grow steadily ever since. Some residents commute to jobs elsewhere in Orange County or LA. Others work in their own small businesses or for other local employers. An upscale community has been built up around a Tustin Ranch championship golf course. Two economically important commercial complexes – Tustin Marketplace and Tustin Auto Center – are located there. To honor its military past, the city is developing Tustin Legacy on the former MCAS grounds. There are already a retail shopping complex (The District), one park, and several residential neighborhoods with varying housing densities and costs. Two Orange County educational facilities (a sheriff’s training academy and an advanced technology community college) have opened and social services operate various shelters there. A neighborhood shopping center, a health center, an office/retail complex with conference center and food hall, and more residential neighborhoods and parks have been approved for future development, and some work has begun.
Character. Tustin proudly participates in the Red Shirt Friday program – a nationwide initiative whose supporters visibly demonstrate support for men and women in uniform by wearing red every Friday. Tustin residents also remember and celebrate their early history, which is preserved in Old Town Tustin. This is a city with a small town feel, combined with good shops and restaurants. There are many bike lanes and off-road bike paths. There is equally easy access to both mountains and beach, and Orange County offers many options for theater, fine dining and nightlife, as well as learning opportunities and cultural events at various universities in the area.
What Makes Tustin Special
ARTS AND CULTURE
Old Town Tustin: Group of preserved Main Street structures and Historical Society Museum.
SHOPPING AND FOOD
Bowlmor Lanes: Full service sports bar and gourmet cuisine for bowling alley patrons.
Enderle Center: Fashion, fine dining, services, specialty shops, concerts and shows.
Fresca’s Mexican Grill: Top-notch fast food pick-up choice.
Marconi Automotive Museum: A private collection of classic sports and racing cars, roadsters, muscle cars and motorcycles in a clean, pleasant facility also available for catered events.
SPORTS, RECREATION, OUT-OF-DOORS
Citrus Ranch Park: Shady picnic areas and walking trails in a working lemon grove.
Victory Park: Lawns, interactive playground, picnic pavilion, Victory Garden, military history.
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