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Welcome to Hollister ...

The city of Hollister is located in San Benito County<1> and is the County Seat for San Benito County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Hollister, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1869.

The city was incorporated March 26, 1872.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Hollister has a population of 40,892 people<2> (see below for details).

Hollister is 280 feet [85 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Hollister lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Hollister is within the boundaries of the (831) area code.

The ZIP codes for Hollister: 95023-95024<4>

Websites for Hollister ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Hollister had an population of 40,892 people. This is an increase of 17.08% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.83% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Hollister had a population of 34,928 people (which is 63.2% of the total population of San Benito County). This makes Hollister the county's most populous community.

The population of Hollister represents 0.09% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 215th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 34,928 people, the population of Hollister increased 1.5% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 34,413 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Hollister.

Communities Also Named Hollister ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 11 communities that are also named Hollister - they are located in Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan (2), Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Vermont and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Hollister.

Communities near Hollister ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Hollister.

  • Salinas
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Gilroy
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilroy
    • Gilroy is located in Santa Clara County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 54,831 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gilroy <5>
  • San Juan Bautista
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
  • Tres Pinos
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
  • Dunneville
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunneville
    • Dunneville is located in San Benito County
  • Sargent ‑ Historic
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sargent
    • Sargent is located in Santa Clara County
  • Paicines
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
  • River Oaks
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for River Oaks
    • River Oaks is located in San Benito County
  • Aromas
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
  • Bell Station
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bell Station
    • Bell Station is located in Santa Clara County
    • Bell Station has also been known as:
    • Bell's Station

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Hollister. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Hollister.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Hollister. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Hollister.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Hollister. Our list includes 26 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Hollister.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Hollister ...

Looking for more information about Hollister? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Hollister, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Hollister.

Adding Hollister to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Hollister in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Hollister was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Hollister post office opened in 1869.

We also found Hollister in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Hollister.

The official website for Hollister:

The official website for San Benito County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including San Benito, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Hollister.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Hollister - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Hollister). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Hollister or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Hollister includes: 95023 & 95024.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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