|• Total||6.84 sq mi (17.72 km2)|
|• Land||6.68 sq mi (17.30 km2)|
|• Water||0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)|
|Elevation||722 ft (220 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||4,416|
|• Density||662.6/sq mi (255.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0719716|
The area was first settled as a result of the establishment of US Land Office in Springfield in 1835. The town expanded from a crossroads at a 120-acre (0.49 km2) tract along the western bank of Turkey Creek that was the 1867 land-claim of Malinda Fortner. The town was named Hollister by Reuben Kirkham who opened a general store and applied to the Post Office for permission, which was granted in 1904. The town was named after the birthplace of Kirkham's daughter, Hollister, California. Most of the buildings in downtown Hollister are constructed in the Tudorbethan or mock Tudor style. Since the early 1970s most of the original businesses in historic downtown Hollister have gradually gone out of business. Recent construction on nearby Highway 65 and the continued success and growth of nearby Branson, Missouri have created a resurgence in downtown Hollister, many of the old storefronts are being revitalized and reopened as new businesses.
Hollister is located at (36.623678, -93.216158).
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,426 people, 1,847 households, and 1,129 families residing in the city. The population density was 662.6 inhabitants per square mile (255.8 /km2). There were 2,199 housing units at an average density of 329.2 per square mile (127.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 0.9% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.
There were 1,847 households of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.90.
The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,867 people, 1,682 households, and 1,005 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,039.0 people per square mile (401.4/km2). There were 1,931 housing units at an average density of 518.8 per square mile (200.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.53% White, 0.21% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.08% of the population.
There were 1,682 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,535, and the median income for a family was $30,433. Males had a median income of $20,748 versus $18,274 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,716. About 10.6% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
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