Templeton

Templeton has been around since the late 1800s and borders the south end of Paso Robles. It may be difficult to determine where Templeton ends and Paso Robles begins. The only break is from Hwy 46 west to the first Paso Robles exit, about a quarter mile. Templeton stretches south almost to Atascadero with another break between the high school football field and the Home Depot shopping center.


The following information is provided for you to make decisions about places to visit and entertainment while you are there. It is for informational purposes only and we may have missed some available businesses and things to do.


Templeton’s name actually comes from a vice president of the Southern Pacific Railroad who was in charge of the area for the company in the late 1800s. It was to be named after him, but instead he decided to name it after his son, Templeton Crocker. It was originally the end of the line southbound, and passengers would have to then load up on stagecoaches to head south, risking robbery and danger.

There are only about 20 eateries, very few of which are fine restaurants, Twin Cities Hospital, Templeton Community Park with a Saturday farmer’s market, a historic section, and around 30 wineries in what is called the Templeton Gap AVA (see our Wine Tasting page for explanation of AVA). It is a small community that used to have only one main street, but has grown fast to include a shopping center with Target, highway service stations, and a small center with a market called Trader Joe’s.

There is not much to do in Templeton other than to walk the old town, rent bikes and ride to wineries, milk goats and make cheese at the Happy Acres Family Farm, and walk the town on balmy evenings. The population is nearly 8,000, but you couldn’t tell from the freeway or downtown. Many residents live to the west of Hwy 101 where they cannot be seen without heading that way, although Templeton is only about 5 square miles.

While agriculture, vineyards, and the hospital are major businesses in Templeton, the largest employers for residents are construction, public administration, and retail. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit about 20 miles away, causing 2 deaths, 40 injuries, and a very substantial $200,000,000 in damage.

It is a family area, and mostly a bedroom community for people working in Paso Robles, Atascadero, and San Luis Obispo. The average household size is an average of 3 with nearly 40% of the households having someone under the age of 18, while the median age is a young 44. It is not a high income area, with about $36,000 income per household, but nearly 1/3 of the population has a bachelor’s degree or better. Nearly 80% are white and about 15% Hispanic.

Templeton is a quaint little town, does not have a lot to do, but the back roads make for some scenic drives including deer, mountain lions, and turkeys that can be viewed from the road at the right time. Enjoy the slow pace and spend some nice romantic times here.


Visit all of our community pages: Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero & Santa Margarita, Cambria & San Simeon, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Los Osos & Baywood Park, San Luis Obispo & Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Nipomo, Santa Maria Valley


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