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History and Character: Founded in 1881 as a railroad town, Temple has evolved into a thriving city with a strong focus on family life and community. The city retains its historical charm through restored buildings and museums, contrasting with modern amenities and a vibrant cultural scene.

Location: Situated in Central Texas, Temple is approximately 65 miles north of Austin and 34 miles south of Waco. It enjoys convenient access via Interstate 35 and offers easy connections to major Texas cities. The closest major airport is Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport (Killeen, TX).

Demographics: With a population exceeding 82,000, Temple boasts a diverse and growing community. Families, young professionals, and retirees contribute to the city's vibrant atmosphere.




  • The Temple Railroad & Heritage Center: Explore the city's railroading history and climb aboard restored locomotives.

  • Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center: Witness cutting-edge healthcare facilities alongside historical architecture.

  • The Cultural Activities Center: Enjoy art exhibits, theater performances, and educational programs.

  • Miller Park: Relax in this expansive park featuring a zoo, playgrounds, and a splash pad.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Hike and bike through the scenic trails at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area.

  • Go kayaking, canoeing, or fishing on Belton Lake.

  • Play a round of golf at one of Temple's numerous courses.

Family-Friendly Activities:

  • Visit the Mayborn Museum Complex, featuring interactive exhibits for all ages.

  • Take a scenic train ride through the countryside aboard the Temple & Central Texas Railway.

  • Enjoy a day at the zoo or splash pad at Miller Park.

  • Attend one of the many family-friendly festivals throughout the year.

Nightlife and Entertainment:

Temple offers a diverse selection of restaurants, bars, and breweries catering to various tastes.

Catch a live music performance at one of the local venues or enjoy a night out at the theater.


Temple is served by the Temple Independent School District, offering a variety of educational programs across its elementary, middle, and high schools. The district is known for its focus on academic excellence and extracurricular activities. You can find more information on the school district's website at

Cost of Living:

Temple offers a relatively affordable cost of living compared to the national average and nearby major cities like Austin. Housing costs are slightly below the national average, while groceries and utilities are generally on par.

Unique Features:

  • Temple boasts a thriving healthcare industry, anchored by Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center, attracting medical professionals and families.

  • The city offers a diverse cultural scene with museums, art galleries, and a vibrant theater community.

  • Temple's proximity to Belton Lake provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoying the area's natural beauty.


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