These Are The 10 Best Hayward Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 63 places around Hayward to identify the most kickass place to live.

Join HomeSnacks

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Hayward are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Hayward for 2018:

  1. Los Altos (Photos | Homes)
  2. Piedmont (Photos | Homes)
  3. Belvedere (Photos | Homes)
  4. Los Altos Hills (Photos | Homes)
  5. Monte Sereno (Photos | Homes)
  6. Tiburon (Photos | Homes)
  7. Hillsborough (Photos | Homes)
  8. Orinda (Photos | Homes)
  9. Woodside (Photos | Homes)
  10. San Ramon (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Los Altos, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Hayward ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

For more California reading, check out:

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Hayward for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Hayward was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Hayward.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 63 suburbs to evaluate around Hayward.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 63 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Hayward.” We’re lookin’ at you, Los Altos.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Los Altos

Los Altos, California

Population: 30,238
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $187,656
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Data

Los Altos is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Hayward area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Los Altos.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $187,656 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Hayward region. And only 3.2% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,000 each.

2. Piedmont

Piedmont, California

Population: 11,201
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $1,572,700
Median Income: $202,083
More on Piedmont: Real Estate | Data

Piedmont is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Hayward for 2018.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 1.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

3. Belvedere

Belvedere, California

Population: 2,017
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $178,750
More on Belvedere: Real Estate | Data

Here in Belvedere, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Hayward metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Belvedere.

4. Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,376
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $243,701
More on Los Altos Hills: Real Estate | Data

Los Altos Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Hayward for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Los Altos Hills and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Monte Sereno

Monte Sereno, California

Population: 3,514
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $202,321
More on Monte Sereno: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Monte Sereno.

Monte Sereno gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Hayward area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Tiburon

Tiburon, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,170
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $1,847,800
Median Income: $149,510
More on Tiburon: Real Estate | Data

Tiburon is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.9% which is 7th best in the area.

According to online reports, Tiburon is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Hayward area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, California

Population: 11,312
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $216,292
More on Hillsborough: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Hillsborough.

Hillsborough schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 14.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Orinda

Orinda, California

Population: 18,936
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $1,125,000
Median Income: $178,704
More on Orinda: Real Estate | Data

Orinda is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.4% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

9. Woodside

Woodside, California

Population: 5,496
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $223,934
More on Woodside: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Woodside?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. San Ramon

San Ramon, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 74,366
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $810,700
Median Income: $134,188
More on San Ramon: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is San Ramon.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Hayward ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Hayward, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Hayward Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Los Altos 30,238 3.2% $2,000,000 $187,656
2 Piedmont 11,201 3.7% $1,572,700 $202,083
3 Belvedere 2,017 4.9% $2,000,000 $178,750
4 Los Altos Hills 8,376 3.5% $2,000,000 $243,701
5 Monte Sereno 3,514 4.6% $2,000,000 $202,321
6 Tiburon 9,170 3.9% $1,847,800 $149,510
7 Hillsborough 11,312 5.4% $2,000,000 $216,292
8 Orinda 18,936 4.6% $1,125,000 $178,704
9 Woodside 5,496 3.4% $2,000,000 $223,934
10 San Ramon 74,366 3.9% $810,700 $134,188
11 Danville 43,758 5.1% $919,500 $146,603
12 Atherton 7,127 6.1% $2,000,000 $250,000
13 Saratoga 30,830 5.5% $1,742,900 $169,579
14 San Carlos 29,596 5.8% $1,107,600 $135,220
15 Portola Valley 4,550 6.8% $2,000,000 $232,981
16 Cupertino 60,297 6.8% $1,214,300 $147,929
17 Lafayette 25,381 5.0% $1,127,400 $142,977
18 Palo Alto 66,649 4.8% $1,702,100 $137,043
19 Pleasanton 77,046 4.3% $828,900 $130,170
20 Belmont 26,918 5.0% $1,074,600 $120,169
21 Clayton 11,655 6.3% $629,200 $136,946
22 Burlingame 30,118 4.5% $1,447,400 $102,443
23 Dublin 54,523 4.0% $693,900 $128,403
24 Los Gatos 30,491 5.0% $1,338,400 $127,278
25 Moraga 16,977 6.0% $971,700 $136,336
26 Menlo Park 33,319 3.6% $1,581,700 $126,045
27 Sausalito 7,115 6.6% $1,163,500 $116,325
28 Campbell 40,788 3.9% $804,500 $103,704
29 Millbrae 22,522 5.0% $1,037,400 $98,533
30 Pacifica 38,844 4.1% $680,500 $103,545
31 Mountain View 78,827 4.7% $973,000 $109,249
32 Mountain View 78,827 4.7% $973,000 $109,249
33 Sunnyvale 149,596 6.0% $859,100 $109,799
34 Fremont 227,934 5.3% $702,800 $111,613
35 Albany 19,420 6.1% $697,600 $85,458
36 Half Moon Bay 12,281 4.9% $774,000 $106,211
37 San Mateo 102,224 5.3% $850,200 $95,667
38 Santa Clara 122,725 5.2% $734,500 $102,533
39 Livermore 86,493 4.6% $595,500 $104,223
40 Pleasant Hill 34,395 6.0% $584,700 $93,476
41 San Bruno 42,736 5.4% $668,700 $89,000
42 Walnut Creek 67,568 6.7% $647,400 $82,848
43 Hercules 25,011 5.3% $422,200 $103,044
44 Berkeley 118,585 7.3% $795,200 $70,393
45 Brisbane 4,568 5.4% $699,800 $91,127
46 Martinez 37,544 6.7% $462,300 $93,874
47 Emeryville 11,111 6.3% $396,900 $74,295
48 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
49 Alameda 77,409 6.4% $677,000 $83,048
50 South San Francisco 66,587 6.6% $644,500 $85,076
51 Milpitas 73,447 7.3% $635,300 $103,623
52 Brentwood 56,923 7.4% $428,500 $94,130
53 Newark 44,677 5.7% $547,800 $91,965
54 Pinole 19,040 5.9% $387,500 $74,124
55 San Jose 1,009,363 7.4% $658,000 $90,303
56 San Leandro 89,039 6.8% $426,900 $64,065
57 East Palo Alto 29,353 8.1% $515,900 $55,170
58 Oakland 412,040 9.3% $500,500 $57,778
59 Concord 126,938 8.0% $423,100 $71,477
60 San Pablo 29,991 10.1% $221,400 $45,503
61 Antioch 108,675 9.7% $291,400 $65,530
62 Pittsburg 67,998 11.8% $280,900 $63,950
63 Richmond 108,303 9.3% $330,200 $57,107

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *