Population: 151,574 (2013)

Announcing the Main Street Revival Act in Hayward

Incorporated as a city: 1876

Visitors to Hayward shouldn’t miss:

  • The main campus of California State University, East Bay.
  • Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, one of the first brewpubs in California since 1982 legislation permitting breweries to begin selling on the premises.
  • The annual “Zucchini festival” in Kennedy Park. It features games, ride and yes, many foods with zucchini.

Notable current and former Hayward residents:

  • Bill Walsh, former 49ers and Stanford football coach
  • Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 Olympic figure skating champion
  • Dwayne Johnson, “The Rock”
  • Rosa Gumataotao Rios, Treasurer of the United States
  • Charles Plummer, Alameda County Sheriff

Companies with major presence in Hayward:

  • Anderson Bakery (US headquarters)
  • Annabelle Candy
  • Anthera Pharmeceuticals
  • Berkeley Farms (main processing plant)
  • Giling Corpoation
  • PepsiCo San Francisco Bay Production/Distribution Center
  • Rocket Dog
  • Shasta Soft drink
  • Ultra Clean Technology

Hayward fun facts:

  • Hayward is known as the “Heart of the Bay,” for its central location to San Francisco and San Jose.
  • Hayward has two BART stations (Hayward and South Hayward), an Amtrak station, and the Hayward Executive Airport.
  • Hayward is home to the oldest Japanese garden in California designed along traditional lines.
  • The city was originally named “Hayward’s” until 1910 when the “s” was dropped.