Tustin is a midsized city in the heart of the Orange County
region of Southern California. It borders Irvine
in the south, Santa Ana
in the west, and North Tustin in the north. Tustin is both ethnically and economically diverse, with moderate-to-strong representation from most major demographics, a reasonably strong median annual income (around $74,000 as of 2010), and a nearly dead-even split between rental housing and owner-occupied homes. Tustin is known for its gigantic shopping center (which is actually half in Tustin and half in Irvine), a notably high-end collection of restaurants and specialty stores.
Tustin has strong centrality and accessibility for Orange County. This generally affords its residents shorter commutes, a perk that any Southern Californian will tell you is immensely valuable. Tustin lies at the convergence of nearly every important artery for Orange County at large, including the 5, 261, 55, and 22 freeways; one can travel to the beach, to the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, or to Los Angeles County, all with relative ease.