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Moving to Hayward, CA

Hayward is a mid-sized city located in Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city has a population just under 150,000 and is the sixth-largest city in the Bay Area.

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Hayward History

The land that is now Hayward was first inhabited by the Ohlone Native Americans. Later, in the late 19th Century, the land was occupied by Guillermo Castro as part of a land grant issued by the Mexican Government. Eventually, a piece of land was purchased from Castro by William Dutton Hayward, the city’s namesake. Learn more about Hayward history:

Hayward Weather

Hayward experiences a mild Mediterranean climate with hot summers and fairly warm winters. The area is fairly dry and generally receives less than 30 inches of precipitation per year. Due to its location in the Bay Area, the city also experiences microclimates that differ from the surrounding areas. Learn more about Hayward weather:


Hayward Transportation

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has two stations in Hayward that provide rail service to San Francisco and other cities in the Bay Area. The city’s bus system, AC Transit, provides daily service for Alameda County and neighboring Contra Costa County. Amtrak also provides daily service at its Hayward station. Learn more about Hayward transportation:

Cost of Living in Hayward

While the cost of living is less than the California state average, it remains 34.4% higher than the national average. See how far your budget will stretch in Hayward:

Hayward Schools

Hayward’s schools are operated by Hayward Unified School District (HUSD), New Haven Unified School District, and San Lorenzo Unified School District. The city also contains several charter schools and a large private Catholic school. Hayward is also home to California State University, East Bay. Learn more about Hayward schools:

Hayward Hospitals

St. Rose Hospital is an independent hospital in Hayward. This hospital is known for its excellent cardiology, emergency, diagnostic, and women’s services. Additionally, St. Rose Hospital is one of Hayward’s largest employers, providing over 1,000 jobs in the community. If you’re planning a move to Hayward, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:

Hayward Real Estate

The average listing price of a home in Hayward is $501,375. However, this price can vary by neighborhood. Browse local real estate in Hayward and the surrounding areas:



Hayward Hotels

Hayward contains an array of accommodations for any type of visitor. Browse Hayward hotels and places to stay:

Hayward Restaurants

Hayward has many restaurants for every type of palette. Some local favorites include Casper’s Famous Hot Dogs, Val’s Burgers, and El Taquito Mexican Restaurant. Browse Hayward Restaurants:



Things to Do in Hayward

Some favorite activities in Hayward include taking an airplane tour of San Francisco Bay with Hayward Flight, touring the Hayward Japanese Gardens, and catching a movie at Century Theaters. Browse other Hayward activities:

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