City of Temple City

Temple City

Population: 36,263
Median Home Value: $745,600
Median Household Income: $65,882

Temple City is centrally located in the west San Gabriel Valley, approximately five miles southeast of Pasadena and 13 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The community is predominantly residential with two major commercial arterials (Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard) and a downtown district. Visit City Website


Key Information

Business Incentives


  1. Expedited project plan reviews, permits, clearances and approvals within a matter of weeks, not months.
  2. Development and permit fee waivers, deferrals, grants or rebates on all or a portion of related fees.
  3. Cost participation for the necessary extension, construction or reconstruction of public infrastructure.
  4. Matching grants and low-interest loans for building façade improvements along commercial corridors.


  1. Sales tax rebates on sales made within city limits, with a rebate on all or a portion of the City’s sales tax share.
  2. No parking tax (commonly known as in-lieu parking fees) or a user tax on gas, electrical, water and telephone usage.
  3. An annual business license fee that is based on a flat fee schedule, not gross sales tax receipts.
  4. Ongoing business development assistance, from job trainings and worker recruitments, to identifying and applying for financial incentive programs.

Major Employers

Temple City Unified School District
Ralph’s Grocery
Super A Foods
TJ Maxx

City Facts

Though largely a residential suburb—where home prices are robust and assessment growth rates climbed for the sixth year in a row—Temple City is home to a vibrant local economy. This includes a downtown district on Las Tunas Drive, as well as two major commercial corridors along Rosemead and Temple City boulevards.

While efforts are underway to plan for the community’s future through a comprehensive General Plan update, development in Temple City continues to rise.

  1. A new shopping center (75,000 SF) and a large housing subdivision (70+ units)—the first such projects in more than two decades—were made possible by investments from Asia.
  2. A specific plan proposes an engaging 25-acre, mixed-use district for restaurants, retail, plazas and high-density housing—with buildings up to six stories. It would be centered at Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard.
  3. Nearly 30 acres in a former industrial area is being rezoned to accommodate pent-up demand for over 800 new housing units.

Improvements to the city’s infrastructure continues on an ongoing basis.

  1. The award-winning Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancements and Beautification Project was recently completed. This $20 million “complete streets” initiative transformed a highway into a community boulevard, incorporating sidewalks, bike lanes, public art and transit enhancements.
  2. In the downtown area, work is underway to build up to three new public parking lots to meet accelerating business demand.
  3. Plans are being finalized to further beautify the downtown through new street furniture, new sidewalks and street trees.

Temple City residents share a deep sense of civic engagement and family values. Neighborhood Scout and Safewise consistently lists the community in its safe-city rankings. And Bloomberg BusinessWeek has named it one of the best places in California to raise a family.

Academically, local school districts produce high-achieving students who pursue a broad spectrum of careers—from professional athletes to NASA astronauts. Most of Temple City is served by the Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD), which consists of seven campuses. U.S. News and World Report has repeatedly placed Temple City High among its best high schools nationwide. TCUSD scoring is among the highest in the state’s Academic Performance Index.

To encourage high community engagement, local government provides enriching events and opportunities for families, youth and seniors. These include the signature Camellia Festival, an ever-popular summer concert series, and the family-favorite Camp-A-Palooza park campout. Additionally, there are robust recreational offerings, and cultural festivities like the annual Lunar New Year celebration.

Key City Contacts

Assistant to the City Manager

Brian Haworth
9701 Las Tunas Drive Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 285-2171

Director of Community Development

Michael D. Forbes, AICP
9701 Las Tunas Drive Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 285-2171

City Manager

Bryan Cook
9701 Las Tunas Drive Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 656-7314

Chamber of Commerce

Peter Choi
9050 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 286-3101


Vincent Yu

Mayor Pro Tem

Cynthia Sternquist

City Council Member

Tom Chavez

City Council Member

Nanette Fish

City Council Member

William Man



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