With just over 150,000 residents, Hayward is the sixth-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the third-largest in the County of Alameda. Hayward is located between Castro Valley and Union City with over 20 miles of parks, trails, shoreline, and more to offer its residents.
Hayward’s central location, two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations, an extensive network of freeways, and the Hayward/San Mateo Bridge which provides easy access to the Silicon Valley, allow residents multiple commuting options, and makes it an extremely desired business location.
Once known as the “Heart of the Garden of Eden” due to its temperate climate and fertile soil, Hayward’s history is one rich in agriculture. The favorable climate and location have helped spur tremendous growth and today Hayward is home to a diverse and vibrant community.
Hayward is home to California's first Japanese Garden, one of the country's oldest Brew Pubs, the first firehouse clinic in the country, and where over 60,000 students receive their education at the California State University, East Bay. The historic downtown enchants with buildings dating from the 1860s and the city’s preservation of open space ensures that residents can enjoy a pristine shoreline alive with native wildlife. The balance of culture, business opportunities, and abundant natural beauty all attribute to a wonderful quality of life.