Best Hayward Suburbs To Live For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Hayward suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of Hayward? Piedmont ranks as the best suburb of Hayward for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Piedmont, 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Hayward Suburbs To Live For 2020

Piedmont, CA

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Population: 11,308
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $210,889
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Piedmont is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Hayward area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Piedmont."

Everyone here is rich; families average $210,889 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Hayward region. And only 2.98% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,844,000 each.

Belvedere, CA

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Population: 2,098
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $223,182
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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Belvedere is the second best 'burb we looked at near Hayward for 2020.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 1.43% of residents lack insurance, good for 12th best.

Los Altos, CA

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Population: 30,588
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $215,339
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Los Altos, 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 Los Altos.

Tiburon, CA

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Population: 9,151
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $163,865
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Tiburon ranks as the 4th best suburb of Hayward for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Tiburon and the schools are some of the best around.

Monte Sereno, CA

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Population: 3,492
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Monte Sereno.

Monte Sereno gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Hayward area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,001. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Los Altos Hills, CA

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Population: 8,517
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Los Altos Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Los Altos Hills 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 2.79% which is 2nd best in the area.

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

Orinda, CA

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Population: 19,431
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $210,288
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Orinda.

Orinda 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 17.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

San Carlos, CA

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Population: 30,080
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $169,640
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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San Carlos 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 2.35% of people lack insurance, good for 21st in the area.

Atherton, CA

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Population: 7,185
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Is 'Everything Better In Atherton?'


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.

Clayton, CA

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Population: 11,967
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $152,581
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Clayton.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Hayward for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 66 suburbs to evaluate around Hayward.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 66 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, Piedmont. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Hayward 'Burbs of 2020

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 Median Income
1 Piedmont, CA 11,308 $210,889
2 Belvedere, CA 2,098 $223,182
3 Los Altos, CA 30,588 $215,339
4 Tiburon, CA 9,151 $163,865
5 Monte Sereno, CA 3,492 $250,001
6 Los Altos Hills, CA 8,517 $250,001
7 Orinda, CA 19,431 $210,288
8 San Carlos, CA 30,080 $169,640
9 Atherton, CA 7,185 $250,001
10 Clayton, CA 11,967 $152,581
11 Danville, CA 44,417 $152,714
12 Portola Valley, CA 4,594 $210,625
13 San Ramon, CA 75,384 $151,026
14 Hillsborough, CA 11,439 $250,001
15 Belmont, CA 27,110 $135,342
16 Moraga, CA 17,398 $149,781
17 Woodside, CA 5,541 $247,250
18 Saratoga, CA 30,886 $176,641
19 Palo Alto, CA 67,019 $157,120
20 Sausalito, CA 7,139 $112,964
21 Cupertino, CA 60,614 $163,954
22 Lafayette, CA 26,060 $157,453
23 Pleasanton, CA 80,847 $148,852
24 Millbrae, CA 22,703 $120,565
25 Campbell, CA 42,470 $119,366
26 Menlo Park, CA 33,869 $147,824
27 Dublin, CA 59,172 $144,564
28 Los Gatos, CA 30,922 $140,395
29 Mountain View, CA 80,993 $128,252
30 Mountain View, CA 80,993 $128,252
31 Mountain View, CA 80,993 $128,252
32 Mountain View, CA 80,993 $128,252
33 Burlingame, CA 30,459 $122,999
34 San Mateo, CA 104,035 $115,167
35 Pacifica, CA 39,065 $115,602
36 Sunnyvale, CA 152,323 $131,791
37 Santa Clara, CA 126,209 $116,257
38 Emeryville, CA 11,724 $100,568
39 Fremont, CA 233,083 $127,374
40 Half Moon Bay, CA 12,706 $122,691
41 Livermore, CA 89,027 $116,942
42 Milpitas, CA 77,457 $125,161
43 Hercules, CA 25,343 $110,476
44 South San Francisco, CA 67,294 $96,930
45 San Bruno, CA 43,114 $102,101
46 Pleasant Hill, CA 34,785 $110,137
47 Berkeley, CA 120,926 $80,912
48 Albany, CA 19,758 $88,655
49 Alameda, CA 78,462 $98,150
50 Walnut Creek, CA 69,007 $96,851
51 Newark, CA 46,276 $108,181
52 Martinez, CA 38,117 $102,966
53 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
54 Brentwood, CA 60,446 $103,771
55 Brisbane, CA 4,692 $110,372
56 Daly City, CA 106,638 $90,335
57 San Jose, CA 1,026,658 $104,234
58 Pinole, CA 19,264 $90,734
59 East Palo Alto, CA 29,633 $64,794
60 San Leandro, CA 90,103 $70,723
61 Oakland, CA 421,042 $68,442
62 Concord, CA 128,758 $81,961
63 San Pablo, CA 30,839 $49,226
64 Antioch, CA 110,730 $71,422
65 Pittsburg, CA 70,492 $70,770
66 Richmond, CA 109,340 $64,575

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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