A mid-sized community located in the heart of central Orange County, Tustin, California, is right next to Santa Ana, the county seat, and was estimated in 2009 to be home to a population of around 75,000. Contrary to its name, the city does not include the Tustin Foothills. Median household income for residents of the city is around $56,000.
Tustin makes up an area of just over 11 square miles, all of which is land. It was originally inhabited by the members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño Native American nations. In 1801, the Spanish Empire gave more than 60,000 acres to a man named Jose Antonio Yorba, who named the area Rancho San Antonio. Columbus Tustin, a carriage maker from the northern part of the state, then founded the city in the 1870s on 1,300 acres, and it derives its name from him. The city officially incorporated in 1927 with a population of around 900.
The city was the site of a Naval anti-submarine airship base during the World War II era, established in an unincorporated area that lies just south of the city. Today, the two hangars that still stand account for some of the largest structures made of wood ever built, and they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The public schools here are operated by the Tustin Unified School District. Popular points of interest here include The Tustin Museum, summer Concerts in the Park at Peppertree Park and the various events and performances sponsored by the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts. Annual events celebrated include a tennis festival, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, a street fair and chili cook-off, July 4 celebrations, movies in the park and the Tiller Days festival and parade.
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