Taft, California Population 2024

7,006

Taft is a city located in Kern County California. Taft has a 2024 population of 7,006. Taft is currently declining at a rate of -0.2% annually and its population has decreased by -6.16% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 7,466 in 2020.

The average household income in Taft is $74,447 with a poverty rate of 21.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Taft is 32.9 years, 37.1 years for males, and 31.6 years for females.

Taft Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Taft was:

  • White: 82.4%
  • Other race: 7.77%
  • Two or more races: 7.53%
  • Black or African American: 1.69%
  • Asian: 0.46%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.16%
  • Native American:
Land Area (mi²)
15.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
459.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-6.16% (-460)
The current population of Taft, California is 7,006 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 7,466.

Taft, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White6,10982.4%
Other race5767.77%
Two or more races5587.53%
Black or African American1251.69%
Asian340.46%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander120.16%
Native American
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White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Taft Population by Race

Taft Population Pyramid 2024

Taft Median Age

32.9

Total

37.1

Male

31.6

Female

Taft Adults

There are 5,687 adults, (1,184 of whom are seniors) in Taft.

Taft Age Dependency

64.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Taft Sex Ratio

Female3,61848.8%
Male3,79651.2%

Taft Population by Age

Taft Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,6742.5949.650.4
Married1,0593.4265.334.7
Non Family9721.145.754.3
Male3673.3717.782.3
Female2763.5745.354.7
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3.2

Average Family Size

2.59

Average Household Size

49.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Taft Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Taft Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Taft Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 14.09%.

Taft Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$45,831

Average Earnings

$57,717

Average Male

$

Average Female

Taft Earnings by Educational Attainment

Taft Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Taft Language

79.29% of Taft residents speak only English, while 20.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.46% of the population.

Taft Language

Taft Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White4,48065414.6%
Hispanic1,98565032.75%
Multiple45217438.5%
Other4157518.07%
Black5959100%
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21.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.76%

Male Poverty Rate

23.68%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Taft

The race most likely to be in poverty in Taft is Black, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Taft is White, with 14.6% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was . Among those working part-time, it was 24.35%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.62%.

Taft Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.05%
Some College21.73%
High School16.45%
Bachelors or Greater
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Taft Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed55.26%
Female Employed13.39%
Male Employed12.88%
Female Unemployed
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Taft Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Taft Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Taft Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

38.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.7%

Male Marriage Rate

42.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Taft Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Taft Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Taft Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Taft Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

341

Number of Veterans

309

Male Veterans

32

Female Veterans

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Taft Veterans by War

count

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Taft Veterans by Age

count

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Taft Veterans by Race

Taft Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

60.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Taft Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

47.4%

Labor Force Participation

45.1%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Taft Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Taft Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Taft Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

76.11%

Born in Taft

94.15%

Native Born

5.85%

Foreign Born

3.66%

Non Citizen

2.2%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.15% of Taft residents were born in the United States, with 76.11% having been born in California. 3.66% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Taft Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20296,936-14-0.2%
20286,950-14-0.2%
20276,964-14-0.2%
20266,978-14-0.2%
20256,992-14-0.2%
20247,006-14-0.2%
20237,020-14-0.2%
20227,034-14-0.2%
20217,048-418-5.6%
20207,466-1,804-19.46%
20199,270-113-1.2%
20189,38360.06%
20179,377350.37%
20169,342-125-1.32%
20159,4675946.69%
20148,873-34-0.38%
20138,90730.03%
20128,904-370-3.99%
20119,274-3-0.03%
20109,2774665.29%
20008,8112,90949.29%
19905,90258611.02%
19805,3161,03124.06%
19704,28546312.11%
19603,8221153.1%
19503,70750215.66%
19403,205-237-6.89%
19303,4421253.77%
19203,317
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Taft Population by Year