Introduction to Temple, Texas

Temple, Texas, in Bell county, is 62 miles NE of Austin, Texas. The city is in the Killeen - Temple area.

Temple History

Temple was originally founded in 1881 as a railroad town. It was named Temple Junction in honor of Bernard Moore Temple who worked as a civil engineer and former surveyor at the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway Company. In fact, it was the same company that founded the town. The area had a post office in January 1881, and its name was shortened to Temple around that time. The town was incorporated in 1882.

Temple and nearby Attractions

  • Railroad and Heritage Museum
  • Czech Heritage Museum
  • Temple Lake Park
  • Temple Symphony Orchestra
  • Mother Neff Park
  • Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center

Things To Do In Temple

Temple's surroundings are breathtaking. There is lush green prairie land and gorgeous woods that give way to the beautiful Lake Belton. Such diverse landscape also provides a perfect habitat for various species of wildlife. Lake Belton is a very popular spot for fishing tournaments, water sports, picnics, camping, or simply relaxation. Moreover, the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area offers facilities like a water slide, jet skis, paddle boats, cabins, and a rustic lodge. Miller Springs Nature Center provides facilities for rock climbers, hikers, bird watchers, and photographers.

Temple Transportation

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Temple Higher Education

Temple College is the local college. Others in the neighborhood include University of Mary Hardin, Central Texas College, and Baylor University.


Total Population 69,938
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 31,052
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 50.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.8%
Median Earnings25+ $33,201
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,111
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,333


Median Family Income $61,385
% Above Poverty Level 82.1%
% Below Poverty Level 17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 29.3%
Median Gross Rent $804
Median House Value $122,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 8%

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

Temple Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 62 miles NE of Austin, Texas
County Bell
Metro Area Killeen - Temple
Standard Zip Codes 76501, 76502, 76504
P.O. Box Zip Codes 76503, 76505
Company Zip Codes 76508
Phone Area Codes 254
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.098
Longitude -97.342

Temple Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station TEMPLE
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 35.8 inches
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches
Station KILLEEN 3 S
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Temple, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Moffatt (76501)

Oenaville (76501)

Oscar (76501)

Ratibor (76501)

Seaton (76501)

Zabcikville (76501)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belton 19,766 $56,612
Holland 1,038 $51,528

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

Temple Public Libraries

Temple Public Library
Temple, Texas
(254) 298-5556

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Temple Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(254) 771-8600
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2401 31ST ST
(254) 724-2111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Temple High Schools

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415 N 31ST ST
Serves 2,144 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

1400 E AVE B
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 144 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

200 N 23RD ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.

2401 S 31ST ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

515 E AVE D
A Non-traditional School

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