Templeton, California

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Templeton is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California. The population was 4,687 at the 2000 census.


Geography and climate


Templeton is located at 35°33′14″N 120°42′34″W / 35.55389°N 120.70944°W / 35.55389; -120.70944 (35.553847, -120.709469)[1]. It is approximately five miles south of Paso Robles and five miles (8 km) north of Atascadero along U.S. 101. State Route 46 intersects U.S. 101 on the north edge of the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.3 km²), all of it land. However, much of the surrounding unincorporated area between Atascadero and Paso Robles also considers itself part of Templeton, and U.S. mail is addressed likewise.


Templeton has a Mediterranean climate that is characterized by mild winters and dry summers. The area usually has low humidity. Rain generally falls only between November and March, with the rainy season tapering off almost completely by the end of April. Temperature lows can reach from 10 to 15 °F (−9 °C) in the winter, and highs reaching up to 115 °F (46 °C) in the summer.


Templeton is home to businesses that serve the local ranching and agriculture, including horse ranches and vineyards. The four largest parts of the economy are the hospital, the school, the wine and agriculture brought in from the country-side, and the businesses on Main Street.

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