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.
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Welcome To Templeton!
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. Unofficial 2000 estimate is approximately 5100.
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.
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.
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.