Temple, Texas is pro-business all the way down to how and where the city was founded. Located in the very center of Texas, Temple has easy access to several major cities and and highways. The City of Temple utilities are well-established and poised to handle the growth of our burgeoning city.



Temple is located in the heart of Central Texas, 45 minutes north of Austin, 35 minutes north of Round Rock, and 30 minutes south of Waco. Temple’s location along Interstate 35 connects the community to the international markets of Mexico, via Laredo, and three of the largest metro areas in Texas: Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

In addition to Interstate 35, other major highways in the community include:

  • US Highway 190
  • SH 36
  • SH 53
  • SH 95

With a population of 82,517, Temple is a “principal city” in the Metropolitan Statistical Area, with an approximate population of 448,112. The population within a 60-minute commuting range is 1,222,904.

Public Transit

the-hopThe HOP


Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates The HOP, a regional public transit system that serves a nine-county area covering over 9,000 square miles. The system consists of three divisions: the nine-county Rural Division, the Killeen Urban Division consisting of Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and Killeen; and the Temple Urban Division consisting of Belton and Temple. Service is provided to passengers with disabilities via the Special Transit Service (STS) which often connects with the Fixed Route Service (FRS). The HOP partners with many area social service agencies to provide transportation to their clients.

Hover over map below to reveal drive times.

Destination Miles Drive Time
Albuquerque, NM 745 Miles 11:50
Austin, TX 68 Miles 1:06
Dallas, TX 128 Miles 2:00
Denver, CO 995 Miles 14:21
El Paso, TX 620 Miles 10:25
Houston, TX 169 Miles 3:13
Kansas City, MO 670 Miles 9:47
Little Rock, AR 448 Miles 7:00
New Orleans, LO 514 Miles 8:30
Oklahoma City, OK 322 Miles 4:57
Phoenix, AZ 1050 Miles 16:45
San Antonio, TX 163 Miles 2:15


Founded as a railroad town, Temple is served by mainlines of both Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP).

Burlington Northern Santa Fe has a main switching yard and lines that run north to south across the community adjacent to Interstate 35, as well as east to west.

Temple’s Rail Park at Central Pointe offers a short line railroad called The Temple & Central Texas Railway (TC). TC was awarded an exclusive long-term license agreement by the City of Temple to operate over 10 miles of rail line in Rail Park. TC provides rail switching and other rail-related services to customers located in Rail Park such as: Lock Joint Tube Texas, Mars Petcare, Capital Aggregates, Pactiv Corporation and Wilsonart International.



Temple’s Amtrak stop on the 1,306 mile Texas Eagle route. Trains run daily between Chicago, Illinois, and San Antonio, and continue to Los Angeles, 2,728 miles (4,390 km) total, three days a week (incorporated as part of the Sunset Limited). Prior to 1988, the train was known as the Eagle.


Temple is home to Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport, just 30 minutes from two commercial service airports, and 60 minutes from Austin’s international airport.
Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport

The Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport serves as Temple’s local airport. It is a FAA Part 139 municipal facility with a 7,000-foot runway that provides general aviation services, fuel, corporate jet services, and hangers. Draughon-Miller has a Texas National Guard training facility, general airfreight/cargo services, and military aircraft maintenance operations.

Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport

The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport is centrally located in the heart of Texas, adjacent to Fort Hood. The airport offers direct, non-stop air access to Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and Atlanta airports. Carriers include American, Delta, and Continental airlines with ample parking provided.


Temple, Texas Flight Times map

The Waco Regional Airport is located 35 miles north of Temple, and 90 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth. The Waco Regional Airport is critical to air travel for the Central Texas Region, offering great convenience for travelers to and from Central Texas. Service providers include American and Continental Airlines.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is located 65 minutes south of Temple. Carriers currently serving AUS airport include: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Branson Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and U.S. Airways. ABIA currently offers non-stop service to 37 destinations.


Electric Power Service

Texas has a deregulated energy market, making it easy for customers to select the electricity provider that best suits their needs. The primary electricity provider in the Temple area is Oncor, also referred to as the “local wires company.” Oncor serves as the regulated electric distribution and transmission business, which uses superior asset management skills to provide reliable electricity delivery to consumers. Customers can choose their retail providers that offer utility service in the area and rates can be found at www.powertochoose.com or www.saveonenergy.com. The rates can be as low as 5.0 cents per kWh, which gives you the power to choose the provider that best suits the needs of your company.

As low as 5.0¢ per kWh

Natural Gas Service

Atmos Energy is the natural gas provider in Temple. Atmos is one of the largest natural-gas-only distributors in the United States. Their regulated distribution operations deliver natural gas to 3.2 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and public-authority customers, with distribution services provided to more than 1,600 communities in 12 states.

Water and Wastewater

The City of Temple provides water and wastewater services to all businesses and residents inside the city limits. Temple’s water infrastructure consists of 595 miles of water distribution mains and 4,029 backflow preventers in the system; Lake Belton is the soul water source for Temple. The City of Temple also jointly owns and operates the Temple Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) on the south side of the City and provides funding for the operation of the Doshier Farm WWTP and for maintenance of all 32 city lift stations.

Telephone Services and Telecommunications

AT&T and a variety of other long-distance, cellular, and internet-related telecommunications services and operations locally serve Temple. These include Time Warner Cable, Sprint Nextel Communications, AT&T Wireless, and others. Installation, service, and repair of telephone equipment are provided by a number of local equipment vendors. Long distance and other telecommunications services are available through a variety of carriers including AT&T, MCI, Verizon, and many more. Data requirements can be provided through analog, standard digital, or wideband digital services.

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