Introduction to Temple City, California

Temple City, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of Rosemead, California (center to center) and 11 miles E of Los Angeles, California. It's situated in the western portion of the San Gabriel Valley. The city has a large Asian population, including a sizeable Taiwanese community. There are a large number of Taiwanese wedding related companies, particularly bridal gown shops. The city is known as the "Home of Camellias."

Temple City History

John Rowland and Benito Wilson acquired a huge land grant known as the "La Puente" site, from the Spanish Government. Rowland and Wilson paid in gold for the acreage and promised to take care of the Indians residing on the acreage. Pliny Temple was given the Merced Rancho and established a large vineyard and numerous fruit tree orchards. The arrival of the Pacific Electric Railway was a significant factor in the town's growth. In 1936 the municipality was officially named Temple City in tribute to Walter P. Temple, the city's founder.

Temple City Attractions

The popular Temple City Camellia Festival occurs annually in February and includes a parade, rides and a variety of entertainment. The Saint Luke's Festival is a popular yearly event. The Harvest Hoedown & Craft Fair takes place in Temple City Park. The Halloween Carnival is enjoyed by families. The Performing Arts Pavilion offers popular summer concerts.

The region offers a large number of golf courses. Some of the notable nearby museums are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Latino Museum of History, The Los Angeles Children's Museum and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The popular Los Angeles Zoo is located in the area.

Temple City Activities

A variety of popular activities and entertainment opportunities are located in nearby Los Angeles. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, The Angeles National Forest and the Los Padres National Forest are situated in the county and are popular for a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Temple City Transportation

Air travel is available at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Temple City Higher Education

California State University - Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Cerritos College, East Los Angeles College and Pacific States University are close by.


Total Population 36,079
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 16,152
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 54.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.3%
Median Earnings25+ $38,953
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,243
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,568


Median Family Income $74,721
% Above Poverty Level 90.4%
% Below Poverty Level 9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%


People Living Alone 18.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,266
Median House Value $612,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 80%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.1%
Irish 3.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Temple City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of Rosemead, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles E of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91780
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.107
Longitude -118.056

Temple City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 70 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21 inches
Station MT WILSON NO 2
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 53 F
Apr Temp 41 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 51 to 69 F
Annual Precip 40.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcadia 57,564 $96,118
El Monte 115,711 $40,404
Rosemead 54,615 $44,578
San Gabriel 40,198 $55,466
San Marino 13,353 $157,357
Sierra Madre 11,084 $116,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 1,928 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

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Serves 68 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.2

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Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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