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Taft is a city in Kern County, in the Bakersfield metro area.

The community was named after President William Howard Taft.

The latitude of Taft is 35.142N. The longitude is -119.455W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 955 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 6,400.


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Median household income
Local
$33,861
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Taft demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Moron
· Siding Number Two
Oil was discovered in 1899 on the Kern River.
Filming location for:
· 1991 movie, "Thelma & Louise"
· 1997 movie, "The Break Up"
Historic sites and museums: West Kern Oil Museum
Colleges and universities: Taft College
Quotes:
Although most of Taft's 20 bars operate all night because of the three shifts in the (oil) fields, life is otherwise quiet.
-- The WPA Guide to California, 1939

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11% of Taft residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Taft ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Taft was $17,564, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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9% of Taft residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Taft, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $367.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $895.


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Libraries in Taft include Taft Branch Library ... View libraries

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Kern County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Taft political report.

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The average commute time for Taft workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Taft include Holland Inn & Suites.

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“ Although most of Taft's 20 bars operate all night because of the three shifts in the (oil) fields, life is otherwise quiet. ”
~ The WPA Guide to California, 1939

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