Ranked in the 32nd percentile


  • Hayward is ranked #786 in California
  • Hayward is ranked #19,911 in the USA
  • Lots of Local Amenities
  • Sunny Weather
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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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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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Source: The Hayward, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).