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.
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 (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 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.
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 34.83 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Hayward is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Hayward area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
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: 27.72% of adults 25 and older in the city 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Hayward's cultural character, accounting for 38.73% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Hayward is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.