Hayward is a city located in Alameda County, California in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. With a population of about 163,000, Hayward is the sixth-largest city in the Bay Area and the third-largest in Alameda County.

Hayward was ranked as the 32nd most populous city in California. It is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–San Jose Metropolitan Area.

It is located primarily between Castro Valley, San Leandro, and Union City, and it is east of the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge. Here is some more information on Hayward California.