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Hayward, CA, City and Higher Education Information

Hayward, California, is a suburb of Oakland in San Francisco Bay's metropolitan area. Home to a diverse population, Hayward has a university and two colleges and is close to a large variety of postsecondary schools. Keep reading to find out more about Hayward, including population, area attractions and educational options.

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Information about Hayward

Hayward, California, is a city in Alameda County, part of the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area. U.S. census estimates for 2014 indicate that the population of Hayward was about 154,612. The city comprises about 41% Hispanic residents, 12% African-American, 22% Asian and 18.8% white, as of the 2010 census. Hayward is the sixth-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hayward residents live in close proximity to numerous cultural and entertainment offerings. Don Castro Regional Park, a natural reserve that features opportunities for swimming in a dedicated lagoon, hiking and fishing, is particularly popular with locals. The greater San Francisco Bay Area has a number of art museums, theater companies, urban parks and shopping districts, all of which are accessible by car or by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains, which stop at two separate stations within Hayward city limits.

Higher Education

Hayward has a handful of schools in its city limits. California State University, East Bay (the former California State University at Hayward) enrolls nearly 15,000 students. Hayward is also home to Chabot College, a two-year public college best known for being the alma mater of actor Tom Hanks. Life Chiropractic College West can be found in Hayward; it offers doctoral degrees to about 500 students.

Outside of Hayward, the greater Bay Area is home to some well-known institutions of higher learning, including the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University.

Employment and Economy

Manufacturing, life science and biotechnology, food and beverage manufacturing, and green technology are important sectors of Hayward's economy, according to their Economic Development Alliance. Top employers include Gillig, IMPAX Laboratories, Pepsi Bottling, and Baxter, a pharmaceutical company. The median household income from 2010 to 2014 was $62,691, slightly above the California state average.

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