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Templeton Community Profile


General Profile

Templeton is a pleasant rural community located midway between Atascadero and Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County. It was founded in 1886 when the Southern Pacific Railroad came through the area. Templeton has retained much of its historical character - many of the old buildings have been restored and are still in use today. New buildings are being built, but always with an eye to the past.

Area Growth

Templeton is one of three unincorporated areas in San Luis Obispo County that has land available for development. The population of the community of Templeton was 1,173 in 1990 and 3,139 in 1995. In 2010, the official census reported a population of 7,674.  The complete 2010 census information for Templeton can be found on the United States Census webpage.


At an elevation of 721 feet above sea level, the climate is mild and smog free. Prevailing winds are from the southwest and average four miles per hour. Humidity is 31-40%, and average rainfall is about 15 inches. The average temperature in January is 60 Degrees during the day and 41 Degrees at night. In July, the daytime high averages 95 Degrees with nights dropping to 55 Degrees, thanks to the ocean breeze. The average rainy season runs from mid-October to mid-April, with frost occurring occasionally. Click here for current area weather.

Commercial and Industrial Profile

Businesses currently in Templeton include everything from real estate to tack shops, veterinarians to orthopedic surgeons. Twin Cities Community Hospital is an 84-Bed general medical/surgical acute care facility, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. There are 97 active medical staffers and 64 on the courtesy staff. The hospital serves the entire North San Luis Obispo County. It offers advanced capabilities for numerous services and specialties including Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Nuclear Medicine, Physical and Respiratory Therapy, Cardiology and Radiology. The Wilshire Foundation a not-for-profit organization, currently operates a 99-Bed convalescent center - skilled nursing facility licensed by the State of California. They also operate Templeton Gardens, a forty unit retirement apartment complex with emergency call, transportation and optional meals. Cal Trans, Southern California Gas, SBC, the California Highway Patrol and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff have located their regional headquarters in Templeton. The area is served by almost a dozen churches and numerous service and community clubs.

Agricultural Profile

Templeton is surrounded by rich agricultural land. The topography ranges from semi-flat to hilly with clusters of oak trees. Heavy production of almonds, cherries, apples, grains and dairy products now exist within the area. The most rapidly increasing product is grapes. There are many wineries to be found on the roads winding through the neighboring hills.

Housing Profile

There are a number rental units available and Templeton maintains a nearly zero vacancy factor. There are several housing tracts under various stages of construction. Several areas have subdivided into 1 to 10 acre lots and have attracted a cross section of families to the area.

Public Services & Utilities
Sewer, water, street lights, refuse collection, and fire services are provided by the Templeton Community Services District. Water is pumped from local wells and the Salinas River. Fire Protection is supplied by a local volunteer force with their own fleet of fire trucks. Additional trucks and crews are available through contract with the California Department of Forestry, located in Templeton. Law enforcement services are provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department with a substation located in Templeton. Electricity, gas and telephone services are provided by Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Gas Company, and SBC. Other services include a post office, curbside recycling, cemetery and public schools.


Templeton is located 30 minutes from the coast, both to the west and south. It is within 35 minutes by car to Hearst San Simeon Monument. Lake Nacimiento, with over 166 miles of shoreline and water skiing, fishing and camping, is 22 miles to the northwest. Just north of Lake Nacimiento is San Antonio Lake. Five miles north of Templeton is the site of the Mid-State Fair, which attracts over 300,000 visitors during August each year and offers internationally renowned entertainers. In the center of Templeton there is a three acre, tree-covered county park with a bandstand and municipal swimming pool. The Community Services District operates Bethel Park, at the corner of Bethel and Las Tablas Roads. The park currently contains parking, a soccer field and restrooms, and Tiny Tot area. Evers Sports Park offers several acres of soccer and all fields and is located at the East end of Gibson Street. The Templeton Community Services District offers soccer, softball, basketball, and other recreational programs and activities.


The community is served by the Templeton Unified School District. The District consists of four main campuses plus four alternative education programs. 

■Templeton Elementary School, serves approximately 420 students in Kindergarten through second grade. Templeton Elementary is located at 215 8th Street.

■Vineyard Elementary, serving grades three through five with an average enrollment of 450 students, is located at 2121 Vineyard Drive.

■Middle school students, grades six through eight, are educated at Templeton Middle School, 925 Old County Road, with an average student body of 525.

■High school students attend Templeton High School, 1200 Main Street, with a student body of 800 ninth through twelfth graders.

■Alternative Education Programs include Eagle Canyon Continuation High School, Templeton Adult School, Templeton Independent Study Program, grades nine through twelve, and Home School, an independent study program for students' grades kindergarten through eighth.

We strive to ensure that all students in Templeton schools develop to their fullest potential academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. We are committed to providing all of our students with a high quality, rigorous instructional program that includes a comprehensive curriculum within a safe and caring environment. We offer a variety of programs to meet the varying needs of our students and families.

Our Board and District Goals are focused on student achievement, development and utilization of employee resources, maintenance of fiscal integrity, a safe, healthy, clean and supportive environment, and effective communication to inform staff, parents, and the community of all aspects of the educational mission.

The community is an integral partner in the education of our youth. Information, interest and involvement will provide our children with the highest quality educational experience possible.

Templeton Elementary School, Vineyard Elementary School, and Templeton High School have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools and Vineyard Elementary School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School as well.

Templeton Planning & Development (TAAG)

The Templeton Area Advisory Group (TAAG) is a board of volunteers who live within the Templeton Community Service District (TCSD) and/or the Templeton Unified School District (TUSD) boundaries. It provides advice and recommendations to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors and the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission on issues of land use and planning.

The purpose of TAAG, as described in its bylaws, is to review and solicit public input on projects planned for development that have been submitted to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department. In addition to requiring applicant compliance with area planning documents, a Templeton specific Community Design Plan has been adopted which must also be complied with. After public review, TAAG reports its recommendations to the Planning Department as guidelines for development.


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