Taft has the 2645th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 2.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Taft is part of the Bakersfield metro area. Unemployment in the Bakersfield area is 9%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Bakersfield has the 71st largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Taft is below average at $46,170, and the median cost of a home in Taft is $150,100, which is below the national average. 10% of workers in Taft hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 72% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Taft. 76% of Taft workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 15% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Taft spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.