Hayward

63 Ranks better than 32% of areas

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Hayward, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 154,507 inhabitants. In Hayward, there are 3,393 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. 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.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Hayward is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Hayward, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, education and more.

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

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Hayward is actually 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. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Hayward 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, Fremont8311.77,452
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
Mill Valley, CA8530.114,318
Palo Alto, CA851666,649
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cupertino, CA8424.260,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8417.86,190
Hillsborough, CA8417.111,312
Lafayette, CA8415.525,381

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Nightlife5/10
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"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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Source: The Hayward, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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