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Overview

Introduction to Taft, California

Taft, California, in Kern county, is 29 miles SW of Bakersfield, California and 102 miles NW of Los Angeles, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Bakersfield metropolitan area with. 

Taft History

Taft was the site of a military airfield during World War II. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in the area in 1900. A major part of the community was burned in a fire in the 1920s. The community was named in honor of President William Howard Taft.

Taft and Nearby Attractions

  • Kern National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art.
  • Gaviota State Park.
  • Hans Christian Andersen Museum.
  • Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

Things To Do In Taft

Local shopping centers include the Taft Hills Plaza Shopping Center, the Hall Mart Shopping Center and the Westside Shopping Center. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Seven Oaks 1 Course and the Buena Vista Golf Course. Local churches include Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church and the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church. The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the Wildling Art Museum are all nearby as well.

Taft Transportation

Meadows Field Airport is nearby.

Taft Higher Education

Taft College, Bakersfield College, Moorpark College and Ventura College are the local colleges.

People

Total Population 9,130
Male Share of the Population 60.8%
Female Share of the Population 39.2%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,448
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 40.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,076
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.7%
Median Gross Rent $813
Median House Value $139,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 7%
Irish 10.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Taft Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles SW of Bakersfield, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles NW of Los Angeles, California
County Kern
Metro Area Bakersfield
Standard Zip Codes 93268
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.142
Longitude -119.455

Taft Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MARICOPA
Distance 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 97 F
Oct Temp 57 to 81 F
Annual Precip 6.3 inches
Station BUTTONWILLOW
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 65 to 96 F
Oct Temp 49 to 80 F
Annual Precip 6.4 inches
Station NEW CUYAMA FIRE STN
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 60 F
Apr Temp 38 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 94 F
Oct Temp 42 to 78 F
Annual Precip 8.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Maricopa 1,221 $41,346

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Taft High Schools

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TAFT UNION HIGH
701 SEVENTH ST.
661-763-2334
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 960 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

BUENA VISTA HIGH (CONT.)
901 SAN EMIDIO ST.
661-763-2383
A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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