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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,128
Male Share of the Population61.2%
Female Share of the Population38.8%
Senior Citizens7.8%
Employed Population 16+2,688
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married40.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,470
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,495
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,214

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,758
% Above Poverty Level75.5%
% Below Poverty Level24.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone29%
Median Gross Rent$709
Median House Value$150,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47.9%
German8.8%
Irish7.7%
English6.6%
Scottish2.7%
Italian1.2%
Welsh0.9%
Swedish0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
French Except Basque0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Basque0.4%
Bulgarian0.4%
US/American0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Polish0.2%
African0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Greek0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Taft Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kern County
Standard Zip Codes93268
Phone Area Codes661
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.16
Approximate Longitude-119.43

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)

StationMARICOPA
Distance5.8 miles
Jan Temp39 to 57 F
Apr Temp49 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 97 F
Oct Temp57 to 81 F
Annual Precip6.3 inches
StationBUTTONWILLOW
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp36 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp65 to 96 F
Oct Temp49 to 80 F
Annual Precip6.4 inches
StationNEW CUYAMA FIRE STN
Distance18.5 miles
Jan Temp32 to 60 F
Apr Temp38 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 94 F
Oct Temp42 to 78 F
Annual Precip8.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Maricopa1,115$42,589

Taft Public Schools

Buena Vista High (continuation)
900 N. 10th St.
ZIP: 93268
High
Total Enrollment 73
Conley Elementary
623 Rose Ave.
ZIP: 93268
Primary
Total Enrollment 272
Jefferson Elementary
318 Taylor St.
ZIP: 93268
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Lincoln Junior High
810 Sixth St.
ZIP: 93268
Middle
Total Enrollment 601
Parkview Elementary
520 A St.
ZIP: 93268
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Roosevelt Elementary
811 Sixth St.
ZIP: 93268
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Taft Primary
212 Lucard St.
ZIP: 93268
Primary
Total Enrollment 235
Taft Union High
701 Wildcat Way
ZIP: 93268
High
Total Enrollment 985
West Side Rop
515 Ninth St.
ZIP: 93268
High
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