General Facts About the Area
Begun in 1881 as a model city built from railroad blueprints, Temple remains a city with a vision. Our thriving, prosperous community continues to draw families and progressive commercial enterprises with its economic freshness and a strong undercurrent of values, ethics and spirit.
Today, more than a century after its birth, Temple still enjoys the distinction of being the demographic center of Texas. The Greater Temple Area has a population of over 111,000 and 84% of the state’s population is within three hours of Temple.
Hometown pride infuses Temple’s commitment to its natural beauty, its Texas-sized support of local sports, its emphasis on industrial growth, and its nurture of the body through its world-class medical center and of the mind through a strong educational base.
With a diverse mixture of talents and interests, Temple truly mixes the cosmopolitan outlook on the good “life” with rich, down-to-earth country “style” to create a lifestyle that promotes personal, professional and spiritual growth.
Temple, Texas has it all – hometown friendliness with big-city opportunities, including substantial industries, world-famous medical centers, top-ranked educational institutions, exciting arts, and cultural activities. All this plus a crazy quilt of wildflowers in the spring covering the gently rolling Black land Prairie and mild Texas winters.
That’s why all roads lead to Temple.
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Shopping – Temple is served by the Colonial Mall, located on S. 31st Street, housing JC Penney’s, Dillard’s, & Foley’s, which will become Macy’s in the fall of ’06. Colonial Mall is also home to a variety of specialty shops & the Premiere Cinema 16 Theatre. Also located on 31st Street, you will find Super Wal-Mart & Sam’s Club. There are also several strip shopping centers throughout the area, as well.
Transportation – The “Hop” offers local service throughout the Killeen/Harker Heights/Temple/Belton area.
Hospital – There are three primary hospitals servicing the city of Temple – Scott & White, King’s Daughters, & the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System. Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center is located on nearby Fort Hood.
Airport – Temple is served by Draughton-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport. The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport is also nearby, offering commuter air transportation to DFW International & the Houston Airport.
Dining – There are several culinary offerings located in Temple for dining out. Colonial Mall houses The Cotton Patch Café, Fuddruckers, & Casa Ole. Downtown, you will find the well known Cheeves Brothers Steakhouse, which features complimentary valet parking. Sorge’s Italian Restaurante is located near the downtown district, offering exceptional food and service to maintain its excellent reputation. Other well-reputed restaurants include Pignetti’s, two Starbucks locations with drive-thru service, Golden Corral Family Steakhouse, & Las Casas, home to Temple’s famous white wings. Several franchises and locally-owned restaurants are also scattered throughout Temple.