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 town has evolved from its early days, but has remained a primarily agriculture-based community.
The Papalote Creek Wind Farm is located in Taft, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi, Texas. The project has been developed in two phases and has a total installed capacity of 379.85MW. It is owned by E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R). The project cost more than $460m. With the completion of phase II in November 2010, the wind farm had approximately 200 turbines. When phase II became operational in December 2010, the entire project began supplying power to more than 100,000 homes.
Shopping, Dining and Services
Diners and fast food in Taft, include El Mexicano, Mi Ranchito, Donut Palace, Good N Crisp, Dairy King, Subway, Flogo and El Patron. Lowe’s is the city’s main grocery store and inside Lowe’s is an Ace hardware store. In addition to several gas stations and convenience stores, Taft other retail options include local businesses such as Brezina’s Tire and Services provides minor services for vehicles including tire, quick lube, and car inspection stickers. Garage 66 provides automotive repairs and inspections. 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. Taft is a 10-minute drive into neighboring Portland which provides access to Wal-Mart, Academy and a wide array of chain restaurants and shopping venues.
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 2018 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 also has a Chamber of Commerce.
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
City Mayor Pedro Lopez
Website: City of Taft Texas
501 Green Ave.
Taft, TX. 78390
Link: Taft Chamber of Commerce
Link: Taft Economic Development Corporation