Temple City was named in 1923 for Walter P. Temple. He was the President of the Temple Townsite Co. His family obtained fame in Southern California for construction and banking. The city was incorporated in 1960. 3.85 square miles of primarily residential structures is known as "The Home of Camellias". Located 13 miles northeast of Los Angeles, the city is family friendly.
Temple City has an excellent school system, well-run government with low taxes and a crime rate better than the suburban average. Temple City is one of 25 nationwide cities to receive the "Champions of Small City Management Award for 2004". They have a commitment to economic development, public safety and an excellent city bond rating.
The City is in the process of transforming from primarily "bedroom" community to a city nationally known for restaurants and businesses. The Camellia Festival which is held annually in Temple City is now in its 60th year. With its own parade, floats and carnival everyone can enjoy this event.