Welcome to Temple
Both lively and quaint, this ever-expanding city is located in the heart of Texas.
Located right in the center of Texas, in Bell County, this growing city features many local parks, hike/bike trails, shops, restaurants, and cultural centers.
Home to close to 80,000 residents, Temple also houses the world headquarters of McLane Company and Wilsonart International. The city also has a thriving billion-dollar business sector, built on a foundation of manufacturing, medical services, and education.
With three major cities less than three hours away — Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio — Temple offers the conveniences of big-city living with the atmosphere of a small town.
What to Love
- Convenient location with access to three major Texas cities
- A booming economy and growing corporate hub
- Restaurants the whole family will love
People & Lifestyle
Families favor this quaint town, but many young professionals also gravitate here for its proximity to three of Texas’ major metropolitan areas.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Dining options abound in Temple. Local favorites include Pignetti’s
, an upscale venue for Italian specialties that offers an extensive wine selection and La Dalat
, a contemporary, warehouse-style locale offering Vietnamese noodle and rice dishes. Swanky, Texas-themed chophouse Cheeves Bros
celebrates USDA Prime steaks and seafood with its inventive menu, and Back Porch Drafthouse
is a casual local chain offering pub grub, tacos, and an ample amount of ales.
Things to Do
Bloomin’ Temple Festival: A major Central Texas event that attracts more than 12,000 attendees each year, the two-day April event features live music, arts and crafts, a carnival, and family fun.
Robinson Family Farm
: This family-owned and operated farm hosts seasonal events for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.
Bend of the River: Located at the southernmost gateway to the city, this property features magnificent river views, large pecan trees, and wide-open spaces. Belonging to longtime residents Reuben and Bernice Talasek, these 30 acres have hosted dignitaries, celebrities, and many community events. In 2011, the property was donated to the City of Temple in honor of Mr. Talasek. In 2017, an additional 58 acres of riverfront acreage was acquired by the City, bringing the site to nearly 90 acres.
Temple is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Temple ISD serves 8,600 students in grades Pre-K through 12, with offerings in advanced academics, athletics, career and technology programs, fine arts, and foreign language.
- Belton ISD, a fast-growth district in Central Texas with about 12,600 students in pre-K through 12th grade. As a “destination district” for many families, Belton ISD has earned a reputation for academic excellence, innovative programs, and an abundance of extracurricular opportunities. The district anticipates reaching an enrollment of more than 16,000 students by 2030.
- Academy ISD, based in Little River-Academy