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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population37,182
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens8.4%
Employed Population 16+16,764
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married50.8%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.7%
Median Earnings25+$37,451
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,902
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,891

Wealth

Median Family Income$80,390
% Above Poverty Level88.9%
% Below Poverty Level11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone13%
Median Gross Rent$1,338
Median House Value$415,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67.9%
Italian6.9%
Irish6.8%
German5.6%
English4.2%
Portuguese2.4%
French Except Basque1.6%
Welsh1.2%
Scottish1.1%
Dutch0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Polish0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Greek0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Basque0.2%
African0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
US/American0.2%
Arab0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Hollister Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Benito County
Standard Zip Codes95023
P.O. Box Zip Codes95024
Phone Area Codes408,831
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.89
Approximate Longitude-121.24

Hollister Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHOLLISTER 2
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp38 to 61 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp52 to 81 F
Oct Temp47 to 78 F
Annual Precip13.6 inches
StationGILROY
Distance13.7 miles
Jan Temp39 to 60 F
Apr Temp47 to 73 F
Jul Temp56 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 79 F
Annual Precip20.6 inches
StationLOS BANOS DET RESV
Distance27.4 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp49 to 72 F
Jul Temp64 to 94 F
Oct Temp54 to 78 F
Annual Precip8.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gilroy54,159$92,393
Gonzales8,462$54,067
Morgan Hill43,136$121,320
Salinas156,811$57,117
San Juan Bautista2,212$76,838
Watsonville53,452$54,491

Hollister Public Libraries

San Benito County Free Library
470 FIFTH ST.
Hollister, California
(831) 636-4097

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Hollister Hospitals

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
911 Sunset Drive
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital D/p Snf
(Government - District/authority)
900 Sunset Drive

Hollister Public Schools

Accelerated Achievement Academy
1151 Buena Vista Rd.
ZIP: 95023
Middle
Total Enrollment 122
Calaveras Elementary
1151 Buena Vista Rd., Ste. 100
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Cerra Vista Elementary
2151 Cerra Vista Dr.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Cienega Elementary
11936 Cienega Rd.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 25
Gabilan Hills
901 Santa Ana Rd.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Hollister Dual Language Academy
873 Santa Ana Rd., Ste. 200
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Ladd Lane Elementary
161 Ladd Ln.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Maze Middle
900 Meridian St.
ZIP: 95023
Middle
Total Enrollment 777
R. O. Hardin Elementary
881 Line St.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
Rancho San Justo
1201 Rancho Dr.
ZIP: 95023
Middle
Total Enrollment 867
San Andreas Continuation High
191 Alvarado St.
ZIP: 95023
High
Total Enrollment 126
San Benito County Juvenile Hall/community
3230 S.side Rd.
ZIP: 95023
Other
Total Enrollment 76
San Benito County Opportunity
191 Alvarado St.
ZIP: 95023
Middle
Total Enrollment 40
San Benito High
1220 Monterey St.
ZIP: 95023
High
Total Enrollment 2877
Southside Elementary
4991 S.side Rd.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Spring Grove Elementary
500 Spring Grove Rd.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 742
Sunnyslope Elementary
1475 Memorial Dr.
ZIP: 95023
Primary
Total Enrollment 650

Hollister Private Schools

Calvary Christian School
1900 Highland Dr
ZIP: 95023
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
Hollister Montessori School
720 Monterey St
ZIP: 95023
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Hollister Sda Christian School
2020 Santa Ana Rd
ZIP: 95023
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
Keith Thompson School
1850 San Benito St
ZIP: 95023
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Sacred Heart Parish School
670 College St
ZIP: 95023
Elementary
Total Enrollment 238
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