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Experience the amenities of big city living in a small town setting

Temple provides a mix of public and private education options for its residents. As well as elementary, middle, secondary and higher education.

Temple is home to some of the premier healthcare facilities. People from outside Temple come to Temple to be treated.

Also, these medical and healthcare facilities allow for a number of job opportunities in Temple. Not only that, there are several commercial and distribution establishments within Temple that only offer job opportunities.

Family recreation opportunities abound. There are several nature and water parks scattered within the city. Some of which has trails which is fir for active life especially for biking, running or just walking. Several golf courses are also situated in Temple.

There are plenty of shopping and dining options. Temple Mall houses mega stores like Dilards & JC Penny. The food scene offers fine dining and casual eating shops. And there is a farmer’s market which offers fresh and local produce.

And if you still need more options, no problem, Temple is located at the center of Dallas, Austin, and Houston. Via I-35 you can reach the big cities in 1 or 2 hours.

Temple is still growing, providing more options for its residents. Combine its convenient location with low cost of living and access to lots of amenities, Temple is very attractive as a place to call home.


Housing and Cost of Living

Temple Houses are a mix of modern contemporary as well as historic Victorian. Contemporary homes are all around the city, while historic homes are found in Temple’s north side. These historic homes provide a snapshot of the past – around the 1930’s and 40’s, and even the 1900s.

Temple is a kid-friendly place. Schools, workplace, shops and churches are minutes away.

The median home price is around $126,000 which is 12% lower than the Texas average.

While the median rent is around $800 which 10% lower than the Texas average.

The median home income is around $48,000 which is 11% lower than the Texas average.

While the cost of living is 4% cheaper than the Texas average and 13% cheaper than the national average.

Income tax in Texas is 100% lower than the national average.


People in Temple

The median age in Temple is 35. This is around 2% higher than the Texas average.

Most people (81%) speak English, while some (16%) speak Spanish.


  • <10 years     16%
  • 10-17 years   11%
  • 18-24 years    8%
  • 25-34 years   15%
  • 35-44 years   12%
  • 45-54 years   12%
  • 55-64 years   11%
  • 65+ years     15%

Racial Diversity

  • White              51%
  • Hispanic           26%
  • African American   17%
  • Two or more races   3%
  • Asian               2%


Location and Access

Temple is part of Bell County. Temple is conveniently located at the center of Dallas, Austin and  Houston. These big cities are within a few hours drive from Temple.

By land, Temple is easily accessible via I-35. Other major highways include US Highway 190, SH 36, SH 53 and SH 95.

Temple is 25 minutes from Fort Hood, making Temple an attractive choice for military families who may want a less “military town” atmosphere.

Temple is 40 minutes from Waco and 1 hour from Austin. Waco and Austin are two of the places where most Temple residents work.



There are many attractions and recreation opportunities in Temple. In fact, The Temple Convention & Visitors Bureau has a list of a hundred things to do:

There are (40+)  parks all over the city. There are water parks, nature/lake parks, biking/jogging trails, golf courses and many more (

The bigger parks like Lions, Scott & White, West Temple and Wilson has playgrounds, playing fields, pavilions and grills.


Temple Rotary South All Access Playground

The All Access Playground caters to children of any age or ability. It is Temple’s first fully-accessible playground.

Some of the playground’s features are swings, elevated sandbox, interconnected decks and a see-saw.

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Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum

Parts of Temple’s history is the railways. Discover the story behind Temple’s emergence from the railroads.

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Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center

The early settlers of Temple are Czech immigrants. Discover the history behind Temple’s early settlers.

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Lake Belton

Within a few miles east of Temple is Lake Belton. The lake covers around 12,000-acre of nature, allowing for numerous outdoor activities.

Entry to the lake is via the several parks around it, some of which are

  • Temple Lake Park
  • Owl Creek
  • WestCliff Park
  • Frank’s Marina
  • Miller Springs

For those who want to spend the night in nature, most of these parks have camping sites.

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Friar’s Creek Nature Preserve

With 5 springs and 3 waterfalls, a visit of Friar’s Creek Nature Preserve is something one will not want to miss.

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Miller Springs Nature Area

Open for everyone, all year round, Miller Springs Nature Area has lots of ground for fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

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Temple Trail System

Bikers and Hikers will enjoy the various trails in the Temple Trail System. The trails have different trails lengths, starting from a quarter mile to around 2 miles.

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Stillhouse Hollow Lake

Want boating and fishing ? Or just interested in some water time? Visit Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

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Those interested in spending time on – or in – the water can visit Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake, both of which offer fishing and boating opportunities.


Summit Family Fitness Center

The center is composed around 20,000 square feet of wellness amenities. There are tennis courts, rock climbing walls, swimming pools, and many more. The center also has locker rooms, hot tubs, saunas, fitness classes and childcare.

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Wilson Park Recreation Center

Children and adults can enjoy both indoor and outdoor recreation in Wilson Park Recreation Center. The center’s amenities include fitness equipment, a gymnasium, classrooms, arts and crafts areas, volleyball and tennis courts.

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Sammons Park Indoor Pool

Sammons Park Indoor Pool hold classes such as Water Aerobics and Aqua Zumba. The indoor pool is open to the public and can be rented for events.

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Lions Junction Family Water Park

With a 3-story waterslide and hundreds of feet long river, your family will have a unique summer experience at Lions Junction Family Water Park.

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Sammons Golf Links

You can practice putting in Sammons Golf Links and 10,000 square foot of green. Within its compound is an 18-hole course and a lighted driving range.

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Wildflower Country Club

Another 18-hole course is in the Wildflower Country Club. The country clubhouse several tennis courts, dining rooms, and a swimming pool.

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For those who want a more classical indoor entertainment. Temple has the Temple Symphony Orchestra(and Temple Civic Theatre

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Event Centers

Temple has year-round shows and events. Catch these festivities at the Cultural Activities Center or at the Frank W. Mayborn Center.

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And if that is not enough, Austin is just 1 hour away, where more entertainment/recreational options are available.


Food Scene

Temple provides several options for both fine dining and casual eating.


Cheeves Bros. Steak House

Experience a limousine service at Cheeves Bros. Steak House. The steakhouse is notable for its wine cellar and offers U.S.D.A steaks.

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Great American Grill

Enjoy gourmet dishes all day long at the Great American Grill. While at the grill, you may want to try its desserts, wines and organic coffees.

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French Quarter Burgers

Want casual old-fashioned hamburgers? Visit French Quarter Burgers. There is live music every Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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Farmer’s Market

Want fresh produce ? Head on to Temple Farmer’s Market at South Main Street. Market opens every May through October on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Want dessert treats?  Cowlabunga has milkshakes, ice cream and coffee for you.

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Temple provides a wide variety of education options

Temple has 3 school districts

All public schools are under any of the following school districts:

– Belton Independent School District (,
– Temple Education Center School District ( and
– Temple Independent School District (


Private Education

Serving Temple is the following private schools:

– Central Texas Christian School (,
– St. Mary’s School (,
– Holy Trinity Catholic High School (,
– Christ Church High School and
– St. Francis Episcopal School (


Higher Education

Temple college system is integrated with the schools and businesses. There are several options where students can get their bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or even their doctorate. For more information, visit

Here are some of the college/universities serving Temple residents:

Texas A&M-Central Texas

Texas A&M-Central Texas provides bachelor and masters degrees. To serve more students, the school is located at several locations and offers online, night and weekend classes.

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Central Texas College

Central Texas College has 100+ locations worldwide. The college offers associate degrees and certificate programs in both professional and vocational career paths.

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor was recognized as one of America’s Best Universities in the Master’s West Division. Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Christian university housing more than 2000 students from around 20 countries. The university offers majors in several fields.

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Temple College

Temple college provides several locations in order to serve more student. These locations are main campus, Cameron Center and Taylor Center.

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Texas State Technical College

Texas State Technical College serves 30,000 students a year. The college offers degree programs, continuing education and corporate pieces of training.

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Temple education by the numbers

Temple test scores are 33% above the national average.

83.0% of people in Temple finished 8th grade, 81.6% finished high school while 25.9% finished a degree


Educational Levels

15.9% Bachelor’s Degree
8.0% Associate’s Degree
9.8% Graduate or Professional Degree
31.3% High School Graduate
22.8% Some College, No Degree
25.8% Percent Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
87.9% Percent High School Graduate or Higher



Temple houses several manufacturing, processing and distributing companies. These companies provide employment opportunities for Temple’s residents, In addition, Temple is home to some of the premier health care facilities. These facilities provide further employment venues.

To name a few, here’s a short list of Temple employers

  • Baylor Scott & White
  • Wilsonart International
  • McLane Company (Corporate)
  • McLane Southwest
  • PACTIV (formerly Tenneco) Packaging
  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  • Texas Hydraulics, Inc.
  • Nextel Communications Inc.
  • Artco-Bell Corporation
  • Carpenter Company
  • Professional Datasolutions, Inc.
  • Delta Centrifrugal Corp.
  • Materials Transportation
  • DanHil Containers, Inc.
  • Temple Bottling Co.


Employment by the numbers

95.8 % employed
4.2 % un-employed



34.4% Management, Business, Science & Arts
6.5% Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
14.5% Production, Transportation & Materials Moving
23.2% Sales & Office
21.4% Service


Environment / Climate

September is when Temple has the highest monthly rainfall at 52.8 inches.

The air quality index and the pollution index in Temple is better than the national average by 27% and 9% respectively.



The numerous parks and outdoor trails encourage Temple residents to have an active life.

According to the statistics of adults:

82 % are non-smokers
70 % are within the healthy weight
76 % engage in leisure time physical activity


Health Facilities

Temple is home to several premier wellness facilities. People from other cities visit Temple to be treated.


Scott & White Memorial Hospital

Probably one of the most expansive health facility in Texas. For several years, the hospital ranked among the Top 100 Hospitals in the country


King’s Daughters Hospital

The hospital has a Pediatric Emergency Department and will be the home of The Children’s Hospital, Scott & White Healthcare.


Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center servers around 4,000 outpatient and around 200 emergency room visit a day.


Olin E. Teague Veterans Center

Olin E. Teague Veterans Center‘s Temple campus is the only one with an Emergency Room that is open 24/7.


What people say

“I have always liked Temple. It is a cute hotspot in the middle of hill country. I think it is very clean, with nice housing. The people seem nice and welcoming. I am eager to explore the job opportunities and hope to find the ultimate career in History. A Historian is the career I am looking for, and what I am attending school for. ”

“Quiet, middle class town in central Texas. Easy and close access to Walmart and department stores, and offers a variety of restaurants and leisure activities.”

“It is a growing city with new restaurants, great people, and still feels “small town” and friendly. We chose to live there because the area we live in is quiet. I like shopping here because it is easy to get around.”

“Temple Texas is a growing community with lots of amenities and getting more every year. I’ve been here over 10 years and crime rate is very low. Schools are excellent.”

“I recently moved here from Kansas and the area has been great. The neighborhood feels safe and the neighbors are great. We have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, and we are close to many of the major cities.”

“I think that Temple is an overall good city. There are multiple school options in the area that any student could enjoy. Additionally, there is a plethora of plazas and stores that are all around the city which will keep potential visitors busy and interested. There are many restaurants, both fine dining and fast food as well as convenience stores, arcades and more. Overall, if you’ve never been to Temple, it deserves at least one visit. ”

“I like Temple because it is a small community to but still large enough to o er a great life. It is also right in the heart of Texas. 50 miles north of Austin our state capitol and 110 miles south from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. It great living here ”

“Overall, this town is peaceful and friendly. However, I would like to see more community transportation in this town. On the other hand, the roadworks take years to complete, and it is very inconveniences. Hope the city can improve better in the near future”

“I love that many of the people that visitors will meet here will be friendly and willing to help give directions or recommendations. For the most part Temple is a very safe and welcoming community. I would highly recommend living here especially to nurses and doctors.”

“Temple is great. It is a nice family oriented town that is constantly on the grow. It is a fantastic place to raise your children.”


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