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.
Another interesting thing about Hayward, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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.
In Hayward, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.27 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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 overall education level of Hayward is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.83% of adults 25 and older in the city 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.