Living in Tustin, CA

With its location in Orange County, Tustin, California, is an incredible place to live. It is close to Irvine, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, and Los Angeles, but you will find it also has pretty much everything you need right in one place.

In this post, we will help you imagine what it is like to live in Tustin. We will share the cost of living with you, explore employment information, find out more about education, and discuss how to get around, what the weather is like, and what you can do on your days off.

Cost of Living in Tustin

What is the Cost of Living in Tustin?

We can find data on cost of living in Tustin at Sperling’s Best Places.

This website uses a cost of living index where the US average is 100. Values above 100 are higher than average costs of living and values below 100 are lower than average costs of living.

The whole of California is more expensive than most states nationwide. On the scale we just discussed, the rating assigned to California is 149.9.

Southern California is particularly expensive. So, it is not a surprise that the rating for Tustin is 168.5.

Because Southern California as a whole is a pricey place to live, what may be more helpful for providing perspective on the cost of living in Tustin is to compare it to the cost of living in Los Angeles.

On the same scale, Los Angeles scores 173.3. So, Tustin is a slightly less expensive place to live than LA.

Tustin is even more reasonable when compared with Huntington Beach, which has an overall cost of living rated at 183.8.

Nearby Irving is even more expensive, with an overall cost of living rated at 187.1.

So, for the area in which it is located, Tustin’s cost of living is very reasonable and affordable.

Housing Cost in Tustin

What is the Cost of Housing in Tustin?

Now, let’s talk about what it costs to buy a home in Tustin. Sperling’s states that the median home cost nationwide is $291,700.

The median home cost in Tustin is $868,200.

Once again, to put this in true perspective, we need to consider the costs of housing in areas nearby.

A great example is to look at the cost to purchase a home in Irvine. There, the median home cost is $1,030,900.

When you consider that, you discover that the cost to purchase a home in Tustin is affordable for this part of Southern California.

Employment Opportunities in Tustin

Employment Opportunities in Tustin

While the overall cost of living in the Los Angeles metropolitan area is higher than it is nationwide, your earnings potential in Tustin is also higher.

The Census reports that the median household income in 2019 in the US was $68,703.

The Census also reports income data specifically for Tustin. Between 2016 and 2020, the median household income in Tustin was $88,386.

You can appreciate at a glance that this is quite a bit higher than the median household income nationwide.

Also of interest is again comparing household income in Tustin to what you might earn nearby.

The median household income for Los Angeles itself is $64,994. That is actually less than the nationwide median household income despite LA being an expensive place to live.

So, in Tustin, you are better off. The cost of living is lower, but your earnings are higher. This makes it a smart choice in the LA area.

You may be wondering about the top employers in Tustin. In order, they are the Tustin Unified School District, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Youngs Market Company LLC, Costco, New American Funding, the City of Tustin, Avid Bioservices, Inc., Vita Best Nutrition, Kaiser Permanente/Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and Logomark Inc.

Education in Tustin CA

Tustin Education

As just mentioned, most students in Tustin attend schools within the Tustin Unified School District. The public schools in this community have a great reputation. In fact, US News & World Report has listed Arnold O. Beckman High School among its Best High Schools. Foothill High School and Tustin High School have both received recognition as California Distinguished Schools.

What about higher education options in and around Tustin, CA? Students may attend the Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies, California State University Long Beach, Platt College Anaheim, Chapman University, the Southern California University of Health Sciences, Concorde Career College, University of San Francisco – Orange County Campus, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Pacific College, Los Angeles Southwest College, and more.

With so many options to consider, this is an excellent area to return to school yourself, or send a child to school.

Getting Around in Tustin CA

Getting Around Tustin

If you need public transit to get around Tustin and the surrounding area, you can rely on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), which operates local bus services. If you want to take the train, you will need to use Amtrak or MetroLink.

From Tustin, you can drive north on I-5 to get to Anaheim and downtown Los Angeles. Going south on I-5 will get you to Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano.

Living so close to Los Angeles, you might be concerned about commute times. But the average one-way commute in Tustin is only 24.5 minutes. The US average is 26.4 minutes. So, it actually takes less time on average to get to work in Tustin than it does nationwide.

According to Sperling’s, 78.5% of people in Tustin drive to work on their own, while 10.4% carpool. 2.2% take mass transportation, and 4.7% work from home. These appear to be pre-pandemic stats, as many more people in general work from home across the country since COVID.

Good Weather in Tustin CA

How is the Weather in Tustin?

If you love the sun, you will be right at home in Tustin, where there are 278 sunny days on average each year. That is far more than the US average number of sunny days per year, which is just 205.

Additionally, there are only around 13 inches of rain on average in Tustin per year, compared with the 38 inches of annual rainfall on average throughout the country. Naturally, there is no snowfall.

Highs in summer can range up to around 82 degrees Fahrenheit in Tustin. Lows in winter can drop down to around 47 degrees Fahrenheit. All told, that is quite temperate year-round.

Sperling’s Comfort Index for climate assigns ratings on a 10 point scale, where 10 is the most comfortable possible climate. On that scale, the US average is 7. The overall rating for Tustin’s climate is 9.4, which is close to ideal. The rating for winter is 8.8, and the rating for summer is 9.8, which almost is as good as it gets.

Leisure and Entertainment in Tustin

Leisure and Entertainment in Tustin

What can you do with your time off from work in Tustin? Plenty! You will find no end to shops, restaurants, clubs, bars, nightlife and entertainment.

There are also fun attractions and activities in the area. Some examples include the Irvine Park Railroad, Marconi Automotive Museum, Orange County Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, and more. You can also, of course, visit Disneyland in Anaheim.

If you are willing to drive a little further, other attractions in the metro area include the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Grand Park, the Los Angeles Zoo, and much more. With the entire LA area at your disposal, you should never run out of fun activities.

Looking for green spaces? Consider a visit to Crystal Cove State Park or Peters Canyon Regional Park.

Tustin is also a great spot to live if you are a sports fan, since you can cheer on LA teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels, Ducks, Kings, Rams and more.

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Arlene A.
Arlene A.
21:32 22 Aug 22
Christina is amazing at her task. She goes above and beyond to assist you in getting your loan approved! She is always available to answer any questions, even if they seemed insignificant. I am truly thankful that she was able to help me reach one of my goals in life... that is to be a homeowner! I could not be happier with her services. I would definitely recommend her to anyone with no hesitation.
03:33 19 Aug 22
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Dale B.
Dale B.
17:34 25 Jul 22
My working experience with Jason Santangelo spans several years now. Although it's sad to say that many realtors have a well-deserved reputation for being uncaring towards their clients, Jason sets himself apart from them by his basic honesty, integrity, and an old fashion warm towards his client that we no longer encounter in today's business world. In all my dealings with him over the years, Jason has consistently exceeded my expectations in managing my mortgage refinance matters. He is a seasoned professional, does his homework, stays alert to changes in market trends and interest rates, and advises me of critical time windows of when to refinance. Jason answers all of my questions completely, continues to educate me about the market, and goes out of his way to accommodate me whenever I make a request of him. Express Capital can be proud to have such a man of character and ability as Jason Santangelo within their organization.Dale Brown
bonnie C.
bonnie C.
20:13 18 Jul 22
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Vanessa J.
20:01 15 Jul 22
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crystina C.
16:44 14 Jul 22
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Jenna F.
Jenna F.
19:11 08 Jul 22
I am a Realtor, and Nate and his team (Heather) were able to assist my clients and meet all the deadlines and demands in our contract with short notice. Communication was great along the way and I wish all my clients had lenders like them. They were on top of everything!
Zachary G.
Zachary G.
18:14 29 Jun 22
I've known Jason for a number of years so when it came time to find a lender for our first home purchase it was an easy decision. Jason is kind, knowledgable and available to answer all of your home buying questions from start to finish. His calm demeanor made the entire home buying process effortless and dare I say, easy. Seriously, he's the best. Thanks Jason!!!
David P.
David P.
16:00 24 Jun 22
Excellent all-around. Was prompt, helpful and got us precisely what we needed to close on our home. 10/10 would recommend.
20:41 17 Jun 22
Jason has helped us for a number of years with several refinances. He was able to help manage our fairly complex financials into a package that give us our best value. We also trusted his recommendations on when to do the refinances. Lots of adversity and unpredictability out there. He's never let us down. I trust his integrity and capability 100%. I have no reason to go anywhere else thank you again
Heather H.
Heather H.
03:19 25 May 22
My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Express Capital. They helped us refinance our home in California and most recently, buy our new home in Washington state. Moving to a new state is stressful enough, let alone to an area with a highly competitive market, but Jason Santangelo helped us seal the deal on the very first home we put an offer on! He not only reached out to our realtor, but to the sellers’ realtor as well; we know this gesture made our offer even stronger. After our offer was accepted, Jason and Casey Porzio made everything a smooth, easy process. They quickly answered any questions we had, stayed in contact with our realtor throughout escrow, and even helped us to close early. Jason and Casey are incredibly knowledgeable, patient, understanding, and kind. Refinancing and home buying can be daunting tasks, but not when you have an honest, outstanding team on your side like Express Capital. They are quite simply the best!
Tim M.
Tim M.
04:51 20 Apr 22
My wife and I recently found ourselves in a situation where we stumbled onto the home of our dreams, but the seller needed a 30 day escrow. We weren't really planning on moving, but we knew that in this tough housing market we needed to move fast or we would miss out on this opportunity. We quickly put in an offer and it was accepted. With all this happening so fast, we knew that we would need to find a dependable lender that would not only get our funding in place quickly, but would also get us the best rate.We contacted Express Capital, explained our situation and they immediately went to work. Chris and his team quickly got back to us with excellent rate options and were able to get our loan funded on time and without any issues. We are super happy that we worked with Express Capital on the purchase of our new home. They really did an excellent job and we would recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable and friendly mortgage company.
Dennis K.
Dennis K.
17:56 18 Apr 22
We had the privilege of using Tom Neal's personable and professional services a few months back to refinance our home in Alexandria, Virginia. Tom is an extremely, knowledgeable professional that made the process extremely easy. We closed on our loan in less than 30 days (including the appraisal process). The settlement occurred at our home. Tom clearly articulated the pros and the cons for each facet of the process as it related to our application in a timely fashion. Tom always responded courteously and expeditiously to calls, texts, and emails. He provided us with a competitive rate with exemplary service. Without any reservation, we have referred Tom's services to others. Give Tom a call to chat about your situation, you will not regret it.Dennis and Carol K.Alexandria, Virginia
Taylor N T.
Taylor N T.
17:21 16 Apr 22
Michael was extremely helpful and patient with explaining the whole process of buying our first home! He was always on top of things and because of his knowledge of the market/world events that affect the housing market was able to lock us into our rate at the right time to get us the best interest rate we could have hoped for in this crazy market! Thank you Michael for helping us get to where we needed to be financially to buy our first home!
Bill C.
Bill C.
21:48 14 Apr 22
We've refinanced our loan probably 4 times since we initially bought our home and the last 2 have been with Express Capital. Before being referred to Jason at Express, we dealt with big name lenders who promised us (even in writing) rock-bottom rates and costs. In the end though, we never got the low rate, no-cost loan they promised because our "situation" didn't qualify. With Express, Jason asked all the pertinent questions upfront - it was clear he knew his stuff and he made it a point to educate us too. Transparent, honest, and delivered exactly on what he quoted. Can't ask for more. Don't be fooled by those low rate, no-cost advertisements - just go to Express.
Scott A.
Scott A.
20:32 14 Apr 22
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We also work with homebuyers throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan region, California, and all 50 states.