Taft, CA
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Taft is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 9,495 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Taft is the 420th largest community in California.

Taft is a blue-collar town, with 39.70% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Taft is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Taft who work in office and administrative support (11.92%), sales jobs (9.84%), and food service (7.01%).

The population of Taft has a very low overall level of education: only 8.74% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Taft in 2010 was $18,787, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,148 for a family of four. However, Taft contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Taft is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Taft home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Taft residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Taft also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.13% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Taft include Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Taft's cultural character, accounting for 23.92% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Taft is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.

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