Community Profile: Hollister, Missouri
By Cole Currier
Hollister and Branson are sister communities, where the only thing separating the two is the narrow Lake Taneycomo. Hollister itself is a sleepy little town, but residents are only minutes away from world class shopping, attractions, and dining. Parts of Hollister offer lake front and lake view properties along Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake.

Living in Hollister
Like Branson, residents of Hollister enjoy small-town atmosphere with amenities rarely found in a small town like world-class shopping, numerous dining options, and major retail outlets. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy community parks, state parks, walking trails, biking trails, and of course, the area lakes. Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and Table Rock Lake are all within a short distance of Hollister and offer a variety of great water sports, sightseeing, and fishing. One of Hollister’s most unique attributes is its old-world downtown district along historic Downing Street. Hollister has a thriving business community, and is continually growing along the Highway 65 corridor. However, when seeking entertainment and shopping not available in Hollister, Branson is only a stone’s throw away.

Hollister is home to the rapidly growing pre-K through 12 Hollister School District. You can review Hollister’s current School ratings here.

In addition, there are excellent post-secondary education opportunities in the area. College of the Ozarks is a unique institution which is nationally recognized for their unique model where students do not pay tuition. Ozarks Technical Community College also offers programs at their brand new Hollister campus. In addition, Missouri State University, my alma mater, is located just a short drive away – about 45 minutes north to Springfield.

(source: Wikipedia):

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.

Residents of Hollister are within 10 minutes of many major retailers:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Best Buy
  • K-Mart
  • Kohl’s
  • Belk Department Store
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • TJ Maxx
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Petco
  • Books-A-Million
  • Staples

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