The city of Hayward is located in Alameda County, California, a sub-region of the greater San Francisco Bay Area—more particularly, the East Bay. The name ‘Hayward’ evolved over time, previously recognized as Hayward’s, Hayward’s Station, and Haywood dating back to the mid-19th century. While the food canning industry once dominated this city’s economy, Hayward now thrives on manufacturing, retail and high-tech companies. The climate here is considered ‘Mediterranean’ and contains micro-climates—a feature common among cities and towns in the greater Bay Area.
As a part of the greater Bay Area, Hayward’s location provides easy access to the many throughways that intertwine this area of the state. With many bustling highways, freeways, and bridges connecting numerous cities and towns surrounding San Francisco, traveling to and from the big city is a snap! The public transportation system in Hayward, known as BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), spreads far and wide with 104 miles of track around the region. This rail system is easy to navigate, inexpensive to use and offers many stations throughout the greater Bay Area, including connections to Amtrak trains and the AC Transit bus system.