Population: 154,507Median home value: $404,500 63 Ranks better than 32% of areas
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A+ Hayward Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Hayward Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than California
14545% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Hayward cost of living
D+ Hayward Crime Total crime is 17% higher than California
Total crime
3,46126% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2926% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
8%Year over year crime is up
Hayward crime
C- Hayward Employment Household income is 7% higher than California
Median household income
$68,13823% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$27,7747% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%14% higher than the US average
Hayward employment
C- Hayward Housing Home value is 1% lower than California
Median home value
$404,500119% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,41749% higher than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Hayward real estate or Hayward rentals
F Hayward Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than California
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
29%41% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:124% higher than the US average
Hayward K-12 schools or Hayward colleges

Living in Hayward, CA

Hayward, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 154,507 inhabitants. Hayward has a population density of 3,393 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Individuals of White (41%) and Asian (26%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Hayward. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Hayward are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 32% of the population also speak Spanish.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Hayward, California could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Hayward and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Hayward to California and the national average.

Using data and statistics Hayward has received a livability score of 63 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 32nd percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the grades for each individual category, Hayward has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). Unfortunately for Hayward, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and education (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Hayward, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Hayward: Garin Regional Park, Stonebrae Country Club, and Hayward Flight.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Hayward. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Hayward are affordable. The median home price for Hayward homes is $404,500, which is 1.2% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Hayward, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.9, which is 7.8% lower than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Hayward will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Hayward, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 11.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 14.9%.

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Compare Hayward, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Hayward, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mission Valley, Fremont8211.77,452
Weibel, Fremont82144,568
Crocker Highland, Oakland8212.72,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland8214.65,996
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Montclair, Oakland8113.24,011
Kimber-Gomes, Fremont8110.95,583
Forestland, Oakland8013.61,954
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland8012.81,863

Best Cities Near Hayward, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8926.6228
Los Altos, CA8620.830,238
Lafayette, CA8515.525,381
Mill Valley, CA8530.114,318
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hillsborough, CA8417.111,312
Los Gatos, CA8430.930,491
Cupertino, CA8424.260,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8417.86,190

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Hayward - Make it your home!

"Home prices in the Bay Area are so expensive," said a friend of mine recently. "I just can't afford to live here any more." Hmmm. Have you tried looking for homes in Hayward? This city doesn't have the high-profile glamor image that San Francisco and Marin County have -- but Hayward has what you really need: A good place to live. So before you are forced out of the housing market in the Bay Area entirely, take a closer look at Hayward.

Another feature of Hayward that I really like is that the city is in close proximity to major commute routes. You can take the San Mateo Bridge to get to San Francisco or Stanford. Hayward also has two BART rapid transit stations and an Amtrak station. Or just jump on the I-880 if you need to get to Oakland or San Jose.

Hayward may not have a very glamorous image -- its only famous native son is Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock -- but the Hayward schools are good, the residents are friendly and it can serve as a very good home town if that's what you need. And, for a lot of us, having a decent home town is very important indeed.
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