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 159,203 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, Hayward isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hayward are a mix 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 (11.78%), sales jobs (8.98%), and management occupations (7.95%).
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 noticeable about Hayward, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Hayward is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Hayward a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good 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 34.83 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 percentage of people in Hayward who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.72% of adults in Hayward have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hayward in 2018 was $33,748, 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 $134,992 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 40.35% 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, English, Italian, and Portuguese.
In addition, Hayward has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (38.73%).
The most common language spoken in Hayward is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.