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Overview of Hayward

Commonly known as the "Heart of the Bay," many people examine the Hayward apartments for rent because the city is close to many metros in the Bay Area. Its central location in Alameda County puts Hayward about 14 miles south of Oakland, 25 miles southeast of San Francisco and 26 miles north of San Jose. Two Bay Area Rapid Transit stations, Hayward and South Hayward, an Amtrak station and the Hayward Executive Airport provide quick, easy transportation throughout the region.

The city features an eclectic group of citizens. In fact, the California Department of Finance notes that Hayward had a population of 147,113 residents in January 2012, and its citizens come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Check out Hayward for a chance to be a part of a community that prides itself of being an accepting, caring environment.

Living in Hayward, CA

As is the case with most towns and cities, Hayward has an interesting past. In fact, the Hayward Area was frequently called the "Heart of the Garden of Eden" in the early 20th century due to its rich, fertile soil. By 1950, it earned the nickname - the "Apricot City - as it featured a variety of apricot trees and canneries, and saw its population rise to around 14,000 residents. The city was incorporated in 1956, and by 1960, its population reached 72,700 citizens.

The city still features historic buildings that are incredibly noticeable throughout the area. Whether it's the Green Shutter Hotel, Hunt's Cannery or Oakes Hotel, residents are likely to find plenty of historic sites near rentals in Hayward.

Hayward Work and Study

The Hayward Unified School District serves residents in this city, and includes three high schools, five middle schools and 21 elementary schools. Additionally, citizens have access to an Adult Education Center and a child care center for pre-school kids from the district.

There is a variety of higher education offerings available in Hayward. The city hosts California State University, East Bay, which provides pupils with over 100 career-oriented fields of study. Meanwhile, the campus overlooks the scenic San Francisco Bay - a picturesque view for students traveling to and from class.

Rentals in Hayward, CA and Cost of Living

In March 2012, Hayward had a cost of living higher than the national average. According to, this city had an average cost of living of 131.4 compared to the U.S. average of 100, which shows that rentals in Hayward, California, may cost residents slightly more than in other areas.

However, it's worth noting that they might be able to earn more if they live in Hayward. In 2009, the median household income was nearly $3,000 higher than the Golden State average. Some of the city's top employers include AT&T, PG&E and the city of Hayward, so it might be possible to find work close to home in this city.

Hayward Attractions and Special Events

Hayward might be considered 62.55 square miles of happiness to some residents, as the city offers a collection of recreational activities and events. The summer concert series remains popular for many locals every year, and the Tony Morelli Bandstand in Memorial Park allows residents to listen to a vast selection of music

Many shoppers enjoy the Southland Mall, which features boutiques, electronics retailers, fitness centers, jewelers and more. This mall has offered community members a one-stop shopping experience since 1962. Stores such as Champs Sports, Macy’s and RadioShack offer a collection of goods and services to suit visitors’ needs.

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