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.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Taft is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.27% of the Taft workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Taft is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Taft who work in office and administrative support (12.07%), farm management occupations (11.38%), and sales jobs (9.12%).
The citizens of Taft have a very low rate of college education: just 9.95% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Taft in 2010 was $19,016, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,064 for a family of four. However, Taft contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Taft is a somewhat 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 36.69% 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 25.49% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Taft is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.