Taft, affectionately called the "Friendliest Cotton-Pickin' Town in Texas", is not only rich in cotton, but also gas and oil resources. Taft was once the center of the million acre Taft Ranch. The ranch was built and owned by the half-brother of President William Howard Taft, Charles Phelps Taft. The nearby town of Sinton, Texas is named for his father in law David Sinton. The town has evolved from its early days, but has remained a primarily agriculture-based community.
Shopping, Dining and Services
Diners and fast food in Taft, include El Mexicano, El Mariachi, Donut Palace, Angels Bakery, Good N Crisp, Dairy King, Flying Tomato and Subway. Lowe’s is the city’s main grocery store and inside Lowe’s is an Ace hardware store. Other retail options include local businesses such as Faith Boutique and Hair Salon, and a 10-minute drive into neighboring Portland provides access to Wal-Mart, Academy and a wide array of chain restaurants and shopping venues. In addition to several gas stations and convenience stores, Brezina’s Tire and Services provides minor services for vehicles including tire, quick lube, and car inspection stickers. Taft is home to several banks, a pharmacy, a physical therapy office, a health clinic and other community staples. There are also two farm equipment dealerships – John Deere and Hvalinka.
Quality of Life
Residents in Taft enjoy public recreational options including a widely popular community pool and park. The Blackland Museum, which is home to many of the tangible pieces of the San Patricio County’s history, houses everything from antique farm equipment to personal and household items used by the town's earliest inhabitants. Ties to the past help maintain Taft’s strong agricultural roots, while today’s residents are casting seeds in new directions. Most notably, Taft’s young population is dedicated to education, as 100% of the graduating class of 2013 was accepted into a college or university. The community is active in celebrating the city’s culture, holidays and youth. Every year, Santa leads a parade from atop a city fire truck, delighting residents and visitors of all ages who sit outside their homes to watch the celebration. Taft Chamber of Commerce – www.tafttx.com.
The City of Taft is the sixth most populated city in San Patricio County. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 3,048, approximately 4.43% of the county’s total population.
- Median Household Income: $40,553
- Per Capita Income: $20,750
Taft Independent School District consists of three campuses: Petty Elementary (PK-5), Taft Junior High (6-8), and Taft High School (9-12). The district, as a whole, “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness – one of the ways in which school districts in Texas are evaluated, though one campus was rated as “Improvement Required.”