The 10 Cheapest Hayward, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Hayward are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Hayward.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Hayward

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Hayward might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Hayward neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Hayward are the cheapest.

Here are the cheapest neighborhoods in Hayward for 2020:

  1. Whitman-Mocine (Homes)
  2. Tennyson-Alquire (Homes)
  3. Fairway Park (Homes)
  4. Santa Clara (Homes)
  5. Harder-Tennyson (Homes)

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Hayward for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Whitman-Mocine looks to be the cheaptest Hayward neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Hayward. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Hayward that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Hayward.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Hayward Hoods In 2020

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Hayward, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Hayward.” We’re lookin’ at you, Whitman-Mocine.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Hayward. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 5 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Hayward For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 4,603
Cost Of Living Index: 135 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.3 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (10th cheapest)
More on Whitman-Mocine: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Whitman-Mocine comes in at $69,792 and the median home value is $297,550 for 2020.

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Population: 12,767
Cost Of Living Index: 131 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (14th cheapest)
More on Tennyson-Alquire: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Tennyson-Alquire comes in at $64,847 and the median home value is $259,938 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 8,860
Cost Of Living Index: 148 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.7 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (1st cheapest)
More on Fairway Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Fairway Park comes in at $99,310 and the median home value is $464,388 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 7,678
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.0 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (5th cheapest)
More on Santa Clara: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Santa Clara comes in at $73,676 and the median home value is $371,783 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 20,219
Cost Of Living Index: 131 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.6 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (15th cheapest)
More on Harder-Tennyson: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Harder-Tennyson comes in at $59,298 and the median home value is $271,275 for 2020.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Hayward

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Hayward where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Hayward aren’t all cheap. North Hayward takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Hayward.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Hayward For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Whitman-Mocine 135
2 Tennyson-Alquire 131
3 Fairway Park 148
4 Santa Clara 143
5 Harder-Tennyson 131
6 Longwood-Winton Grove 141
7 Mt Eden 159
8 Glen Eden 143
9 Jackson Triangle 140
10 Upper B Street 149
11 Burbank 143
12 Hayward Highland 169
13 Mission-Garin 143
14 Mission-Foothill 145
15 Southgate 149
16 North Hayward 144

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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