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Temple Terrace, FL, City and Higher Education Information

Temple Terrace, Florida, is located on the western coast of the state, within the metropolitan area of greater Tampa and St. Petersburg. Schools in the area include Saint Leo University, Florida College and the University of South Florida. Read more here.

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Information about Temple Terrace, Florida

Temple Terrace, Florida, is a suburb of Tampa, located just northeast of the larger city's downtown area. The city is named after the hybrid temple oranges and the terraced terrain that surrounds it. Temple Terrace was incorporated in 1925 and has a population of about 25,400, based on 2014 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The city is fairly diverse, with nearly 20 percent of residents identifying as black or African American in 2010, and nearly 15% identifying as Hispanic or Latino.

Designated a Tree City USA, Temple Terrace has a healthy population of sand live oak, longleaf pine and cypress trees. The city has easy accessibility to Tampa-area attractions such as Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium and Tampa's professional sports teams. Temple Terrace is also near the historic Cuban city, Ybor, where visitors can find authentic Cuban bakeries and cigar shops. Temple Terrace lies in close proximity to many of Florida's great Gulf Coast beaches, where there are ample opportunities for activities such as sport fishing, parasailing, boating and sunbathing.

Higher Education

Temple Terrace is home to Florida College, a small, private Christian institution that enrolls about 500 undergraduate students. The University of Phoenix also has one of its campuses in the area. The greater Tampa metropolitan region boasts such institutions of higher learning as the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College. Saint Leo University is located 22 miles away in the town of Saint Leo.

Economy and Employment

Temple Terrace is a white-collar city with a median annual household income of $50,978 (based on 2010-2014 U.S. Census figures), which is slightly higher than the median in Florida as a whole. Some of the most common industries are educational services, health care, finance and insurance. Many Temple Terrace inhabitants work in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and other metropolitan-area cities.

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