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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Hayward is a city in California with a population of 156,917. Hayward is in Alameda County. Living in Hayward offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Hayward there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Hayward and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$462,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,562
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Hayward Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    133.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    223.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    334.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,749.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    844.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Hayward

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,927
National
$55,322
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Hayward Reviews

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Great centralized city that is on the come up. The city is very diverse and there is a variety of entertainment (Round 1 bowling, 2 century theaters, High Scores Arcade downtown) shopping and dinning options not the area. There’s new development all over the city and the new library downtown is just amazing! The homes on the Hills are breathtaking and luxurious. Want to visit a lovely Japanese tea garden? check, Farmers Market, check. Hayward has something for everyone. Better buy now before the rest of the Bay Area discovers this hidden - what an under appreciated city. Honestly, the area is relatively safe and possibly the last fairly affordable city Northern Cali.
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Hayward has a very big problem with crime. You will constantly hear sirens and have street closures caused by criminal investigations. It's a great area, other than the cost of housing is crazy expensive. There are many great restaurants and you can have nearly anything delivered to your door! They are very pet friendly and family friendly in the area. You can almost always find the services you need in Hayward or one of the very close towns near by. There are many great stores in Hayward and everything is generally easy to get to. Traffic can be bad, but timing is everything. There are freeways everywhere going to any place you could want to go. It's amazing how quickly you can get to most places even with traffic. There are many auto repair businesses and many are student friendly. There are many gas stations so you can nearly always find the gas you need. People are friendly in Hayward, but won't generally talk unless you strike up the conversation.
I've grown up in Hayward my whole life. The older I get, the more I love my city. Hayward is a great place to be because of its location, diversity, and overall, the city has a calm but busy atmosphere. Hayward is located right in the east bay, making it a place with perfect weather. The city is known for its diversity which allows the city to showcase all the different cultures within it. While Hayward is not a city known for its nightlife or busy-life, Hayward's peaceful tone makes up for the lack of lively entertainment. Hayward is very welcoming and overall a great place to be!