From the young to the old, Hayward has something for everyone and provides a nice refuge from the daily hustle and bustle of San Francisco, which is only 25 miles northwest. As new restaurants and retail shops continue to emerge, mainstay mom-and-pop shops have been a draw for locals and non-locals for many years (be sure to try the "Momma Burger" and chili cheese dogs). Roughly 146,000 culturally diverse residents call Hayward home. Cultural diversity is a big part of what makes the city so special. In fact, one of its biggest annual events, Cultures in Harmony Festival, brings people in from all over the Bay Area and even the world. Other notable annual festivals include the Zucchini Festival and City Blues Festival.

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Hayward California As the sixth largest city in the Bay Area, Hayward, California, prides itself on comfort of living. Homeowners and buyers can rest assured that the crime rate and cost of living are 6 percent lower than the California average. Once known for its canning and salt production in the 1980s, this burgeoning city has since canned that reputation while maintaining its historical integrity. Hayward boasts a variety of new businesses, art initiatives and a pedestrian-friendly downtown, complemented by a bevy of stylish, small to mid-sized homes and tract housing.

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