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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