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Taft Heights (formerly, Boust City) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. Taft Heights is located west-southwest of Taftmarker, at an elevation of 1178 feet (359 m). The population was 1,865 at the 2000 census.


Taft Heights is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


The place was originally called Boust City in honor of E.J. Boust, an oilman who founded the town.


As of the census of 2000 , there were 1,865 people, 676 households, and 484 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,123.1 people per square mile (2,400.3/km²). There were 769 housing units at an average density of 2,524.8/sq mi (989.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.20% White, 0.54% Black or African American, 1.45% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.97% Pacific Islander, 5.63% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. 13.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 676 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,684, and the median income for a family was $37,944. Males had a median income of $36,098 versus $21,765 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,485. About 17.2% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.


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