Hayward is one of Alameda County’s western cities, covers about 63 miles, and considered part of the East Bay in San Francisco area. It is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area with about 150,000 population. The city neighbors Union City and Castro Valley while serving as the eastern end of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. It is also within a short drive to Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Dublin, California.
The city originally was owned by Guillermo Castro. William Dutton Hayward arrived during the gold rush and began squatting on a part of the land. After some dispute, he was able to purchase some of this land. He built a hotel on the area in 1852. Mr. Hayward eventually came to be the road commissioner for Alameda County, which allowed him to influence road construction in his favor.
Nowadays, Hayward is a huge manufacturing center within the Bay Area and considered the northern end of Silicon Valley. It started in the first half of the 20th century with the Hunt brothers opening several canneries. Today, these companies have manufacturing plants: PepsiCo, Annabelle Candy, Shasta, Impax Laboratories, Columus Salami, and Gillig bus company.
The educational community is quite rich in Hayward. Hayward Unified School District takes care of the elementary, middle and high school students. Additionally, the city is home to California State University, East Bay and Chabot College.
Hayward has a tremendous art and culture program. The city began commissioning murals in 2008 to beautify the city. Hayward has one of longest running Gay Proms. Additionally, the region has “better behavior” signs like “It’s a Speed Limit, not a Suggestion”.
Along with the above, Hayward is home to several parks and historic landmarks. The Eden Congressional Church and Green Shutter Home have historical status. The city has four parks within its limits. With all these happenings Hayward is one of the gems of Alameda County.