🇺🇸 Hayward is a city located in Alameda County, California in the East Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Hayward is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area and the third largest in Alameda County. It is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–San Jose Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located primarily between Castro Valley, San Leandro and Union City, and lies at the eastern terminus of the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge.
Manufacturing Hayward has a large number of manufacturing companies, both corporate headquarters and plants. This includes some high-tech companies, with Hayward considered part of a northern extension of Silicon Valley. Manufacturing plants in Hayward include Annabelle Candy, Columbus Salame, the Shasta soft drink company, and a PepsiCo production and distribution centre.
Retail Southland Mall is the largest shopping centre in Hayward.
Among the top employers in the city include: Alameda County Sheriff's Department; Manheim Auctions (AKA Bay Cities Auto); Berkeley Farms; California State University, East Bay; Chabot College; City of Hayward; Hayward Unified School District; Gillig; Marelich Mechanical; Pentagon Technologies; Siemines Building Tech; St. Rose Hospital.
Hayward has a population of over 159,203 people. Hayward also forms part of the wider San Francisco Bay metropolitan area which has a population of over 12,594,831 people. Hayward is the #317 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.4652 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.