Introduction to Hollister, California

Hollister, California, in San Benito county, is 18 miles NE of Salinas, California (center to center) and 43 miles SE of San Jose, California. It's known as an agricultural community. Hollister includes a large Hispanic population. The city has a blend of older and newer houses. Cool ocean air creates warm summer months and mild winters.

It's a renowned location for geologists due to being one of the primary examples of aseismic creep in the world. The Calaveras Fault runs through Hollister. The city claims to be the "Earthquake Capital of the World."

Hollister History

The Mutsun Ohlone Indians were the initial inhabitants. The area was originally part of Monterey County and was established by William Welles Hollister in 1868. It was originally known as the San Justo Homestead Association. The city began as a ranching and farming community. By 1874 Hollister was no longer a part of Monterey County. In 1989 the Loma Prieta earthquake, caused by the San Andreas Fault, produced extensive damage.

Hollister Attractions

  • The Hollister Independence Rally is a well known motorcycle event.
  • Mission San Jaun Baptista.
  • Bonfante Gardens.
  • The San Juan Bautista Historic Park features old structures such as the Plaza Hall, the Plaza Hotel, a blacksmith shop, a jail and the Castro-Breen Adobe.
  • The Casa De Fruta Hosts a notable Renaissance Faire.

Hollister Activities

The Pinnacles National Park and the Thousand Trail Campground are nearby and attract nature enthusiasts. The Hollister Hills Recreational Area is a popular off-road vehicle location and incldudes camping areas. The Fremont Peak State Park offers excellent views of the beautiful Monterey Bay from the peaks of the Gavilan Range. The woodlands in the park are home to a variety of birds and animals. Camping areas are available.

The scenic Pacheco State Park offers great views of the Central Valley and the Santa Clara Valley. Residents have easy access to the Pacific Coast beaches. Tourists enjoy visiting the local wineries.


Total Population 36,529
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 7.8%
Employed Population 16+ 16,033
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 49.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $33,593
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,443
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,138


Median Family Income $70,483
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 14.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,374
Median House Value $320,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.3%
Irish 7.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hollister Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NE of Salinas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 43 miles SE of San Jose, California
County San Benito
Standard Zip Codes 95023
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95024
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.852
Longitude -121.4

Hollister Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 52 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 78 F
Annual Precip 13.6 inches
Station GILROY
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 60 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 79 F
Annual Precip 20.6 inches
Distance 27.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 64 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gilroy 51,649 $89,266
Gonzales 8,378 $43,691
Morgan Hill 40,872 $108,012
Salinas 155,366 $51,326
San Juan Bautista 2,250 $63,500
Watsonville 52,543 $47,604

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hollister Public Libraries

San Benito County Free Library
Hollister, California
(831) 636-4107

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Hollister Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(831) 637-5711
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hollister High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,840 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.4

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Serves 162 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

A Non-traditional School
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

A Non-traditional School
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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