These Are The 10 Best Hayward Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Hayward for 2019:

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

If you happen to be a resident of Belvedere, 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.

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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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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, Belvedere.

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.

Belvedere, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,156
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $213,500
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Belvedere: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Everyone here is rich; families average $213,500 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Hayward region. And only 250.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,000 each.

Los Altos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,527
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $208,309
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Los Altos is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Hayward for 2019.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Piedmont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,296
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $202,631
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Piedmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Piedmont, 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 Piedmont.

Los Altos Hills, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,490
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $248,218
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Los Altos Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Los Altos Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Hayward for 2019.

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.

Monte Sereno, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,551
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Monte Sereno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Tiburon, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,205
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $151,429
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Tiburon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 430.0% which is 24th 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.

Danville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 44,205
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $152,798
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Danville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Danville 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 14.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Woodside, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,550
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Woodside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodside 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 2.2% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

San Carlos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 29,954
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $152,521
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on San Carlos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In San Carlos?’

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.

Hillsborough, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,436
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $238,750
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Hillsborough: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Hillsborough.

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 2019

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Hayward Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Belvedere 2,156 $213,500
2 Los Altos 30,527 $208,309
3 Piedmont 11,296 $202,631
4 Los Altos Hills 8,490 $248,218
5 Monte Sereno 3,551 $250,000
6 Tiburon 9,205 $151,429
7 Danville 44,205 $152,798
8 Woodside 5,550 $250,000
9 San Carlos 29,954 $152,521
10 Hillsborough 11,436 $238,750
11 Orinda 19,248 $186,075
12 Portola Valley 4,589 $244,539
13 San Ramon 75,048 $142,718
14 Atherton 7,182 $250,000
15 Clayton 11,838 $146,225
16 Saratoga 31,013 $173,136
17 Pleasanton 79,341 $138,269
18 Belmont 27,110 $125,958
19 Cupertino 60,687 $153,449
20 Lafayette 25,792 $152,609
21 Palo Alto 67,082 $147,537
22 Sausalito 7,147 $110,385
23 Dublin 57,022 $138,007
24 Moraga 17,231 $139,018
25 Menlo Park 33,661 $132,928
26 Burlingame 30,401 $118,410
27 Los Gatos 30,709 $132,671
28 Millbrae 22,738 $109,984
29 Campbell 41,164 $108,498
30 Mountain View 80,076 $120,351
31 Mountain View 80,076 $120,351
32 Mountain View 80,076 $120,351
33 Mountain View 80,076 $120,351
34 Pacifica 39,141 $106,959
35 Fremont 230,964 $122,191
36 Sunnyvale 151,565 $118,314
37 Albany 19,682 $87,694
38 San Mateo 103,500 $103,399
39 Santa Clara 124,635 $108,609
40 Half Moon Bay 12,565 $110,900
41 Brisbane 4,642 $109,632
42 Livermore 88,232 $109,084
43 Pleasant Hill 34,662 $101,530
44 Hercules 25,260 $107,221
45 San Bruno 43,105 $94,705
46 Walnut Creek 68,516 $86,845
47 South San Francisco 67,120 $92,074
48 Milpitas 75,498 $110,752
49 Berkeley 120,179 $75,709
50 Alameda 78,246 $89,045
51 Martinez 37,902 $98,102
52 Emeryville 11,524 $88,661
53 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
54 Brentwood 58,828 $96,945
55 Daly City 106,480 $86,342
56 Newark 45,554 $96,817
57 Pinole 19,191 $84,255
58 San Jose 1,023,031 $96,662
59 East Palo Alto 29,646 $58,783
60 San Leandro 89,910 $66,178
61 Oakland 417,442 $63,251
62 Concord 128,160 $76,500
63 San Pablo 30,720 $47,459
64 Antioch 110,026 $69,925
65 Pittsburg 69,449 $66,739
66 Richmond 108,853 $61,045

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