Hayward is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 160,500 people and 40 constituent neighborhoods, Hayward is the 37th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Hayward are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Hayward is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hayward is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hayward who work in office and administrative support (14.97%), sales jobs (9.49%), and management occupations (8.00%).
Also of interest is that Hayward has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Hayward is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Hayward, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.67 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Hayward is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Hayward, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
In terms of college education, Hayward is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.43% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hayward in 2010 was $27,774, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,096 for a family of four. However, Hayward contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hayward is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hayward home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Hayward, accounting for 40.31% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Hayward residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Hayward include German, Irish, Portuguese, English, and Italian.
In addition, Hayward has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (38.94%).
The most common language spoken in Hayward is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.