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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hayward is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.43%), sales jobs (8.82%), and management occupations (7.74%).
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 thing that you will notice about Hayward is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Hayward a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Hayward is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Hayward, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.27 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.
The percentage of people in Hayward who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.83% of adults in Hayward have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hayward in 2010 was $29,583, 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 $118,332 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 40.43% 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 Irish, German, Portuguese, English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Hayward's cultural character, accounting for 38.62% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Hayward is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.