Hollister is a city in Taney County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,426 at the 2010 census. Melinda Fortner settled in Hollister in the early 1880s, after establishing a claim on a 120-acre tract of land in 1867. Reuben Kirkham opened a general store and applied for a post office, suggesting the name Hollister after his daughter, born in Hollister, California. A post office called Hollister has been in operation since 1904.The Downing Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Hollister is located at 36°37′25″N 93°12′58″W (36.623678, -93.216158).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.84 square miles (17.72 km2), of which, 6.68 square miles (17.30 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,426 people, 1,847 households, and 1,129 families living 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.
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