The 10 Worst Hayward Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Hayward suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Hayward.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Hayward.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Hayward 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Hayward area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Hayward proper, although Belvedere certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Hayward are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 66 biggest suburbs of Hayward to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in california lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Hayward in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Hayward for 2021:

  1. Richmond
  2. Pittsburg
  3. Antioch
  4. San Pablo
  5. Oakland
  6. Concord
  7. San Leandro
  8. East Palo Alto
  9. Pinole
  10. San Jose

What's the worst suburb of Hayward? Richmond ranks as the worst suburb of Hayward for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Hayward that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in california check out the best places in california overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Hayward too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst 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.

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The 10 Worst Hayward Suburbs To Live For 2021

Richmond, CA

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Population: 109,884
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $68,472 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $462,600 (4th lowest)
More on Richmond:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Richmond, the absolute worst place to live around Hayward according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Richmond beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Hayward area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 4th worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Richmond.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Pittsburg, CA

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Population: 71,422
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,459 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $386,200 (2nd lowest)
More on Pittsburg:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Pittsburg. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 29.2 miles to Hayward. Income levels here are the 5th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $74,459 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Antioch, CA

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Population: 111,200
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $76,601 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (highest)
Median Home Value: $397,400 (3rd lowest)
More on Antioch:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Hayward suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Antioch on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Hayward suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

San Pablo, CA

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Population: 30,967
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,198 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $355,000 (lowest)
More on San Pablo:  Data | Photos

If you live in San Pablo, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the lowest Hayward suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 3rd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Hayward. Remember, we looked at 66 cities for this study.

San Pablo is about 26.5 miles to downtown.

Oakland, CA

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Population: 425,097
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $73,692 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $687,400 (12th lowest)
More on Oakland:  Data | Photos

Oakland has the distinction of being a Hayward suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Oakland has the 12th lowest home values in the metro Hayward area, where the median price is $687,400. To put that into perspective, in Belvedere, the median income is $250,001, which is the best in the area.

Oakland has an unemployment rate of 6.07% which ranks 5th worst.

Concord, CA

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Population: 129,183
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $89,564 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $551,300 (7th lowest)
More on Concord:  Data | Photos

Concord has 129,183 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 9.767978364391654%.

San Leandro, CA

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Population: 90,025
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,003 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $590,800 (10th lowest)
More on San Leandro:  Data | Photos

Ah, San Leandro. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Hayward.

It's the place with the 9th most out of work residents in the Hayward metro area (5.18%).

East Palo Alto, CA

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Population: 29,593
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $67,087 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $821,200 (20th lowest)
More on East Palo Alto:  Data | Photos

East Palo Alto is a city about 11.2 miles from Hayward, but Hayward probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. East Palo Alto has the 3rd most uninsured people, 2nd worst incomes, and has the 17th highest unemployment rate (4.39%) in the entire Hayward metro area.

Homes only cost $821,200 for a reason. That's cheap for Hayward standards.

Pinole, CA

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Population: 19,279
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $100,315 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $500,900 (6th lowest)
More on Pinole:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Hayward, then Pinole might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Hayward suburb.

About 5.32% of residents are out of work.

San Jose, CA

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Population: 1,027,690
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,593 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $864,600 (24th lowest)
More on San Jose:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Hayward suburbs to call home is San Jose.

Located 27.8 miles outside the city, San Joses is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 13th highest unemployment rate (4.72%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Hayward for 2021

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

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 "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Hayward." We're lookin' at you, Richmond. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around Hayward where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Hayward with Richmond casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Hayward aren't all bad. Belvedere takes the cake as the best place to live around Hayward.

  • Belvedere
  • Los Altos
  • Piedmont

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Detailed List Of The Worst Hayward Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Richmond 109,884 $68,472 $462,600
2 Pittsburg 71,422 $74,459 $386,200
3 Antioch 111,200 $76,601 $397,400
4 San Pablo 30,967 $53,198 $355,000
5 Oakland 425,097 $73,692 $687,400
6 Concord 129,183 $89,564 $551,300
7 San Leandro 90,025 $78,003 $590,800
8 East Palo Alto 29,593 $67,087 $821,200
9 Pinole 19,279 $100,315 $500,900
10 San Jose 1,027,690 $109,593 $864,600
11 Daly City 106,677 $94,550 $783,400
12 Brentwood 61,961 $108,994 $580,500
13 El Cerrito 25,398 $108,298 $804,700
14 Martinez 38,290 $107,328 $596,400
15 Newark 47,171 $116,856 $742,100
16 Hercules 25,616 $117,018 $561,600
17 Berkeley 121,485 $85,530 $1,004,900
18 Pleasant Hill 34,840 $118,947 $716,300
19 Alameda 78,522 $104,756 $859,900
20 South San Francisco 67,408 $105,459 $844,000
21 San Bruno 43,083 $109,387 $908,300
22 Half Moon Bay 12,834 $134,177 $999,500
23 Milpitas 79,517 $132,320 $858,600
24 San Mateo 104,333 $124,842 $1,098,400
25 Walnut Creek 69,567 $105,948 $793,100
26 Albany 19,804 $95,400 $882,500
27 Brisbane 4,697 $112,016 $889,200
28 Santa Clara 127,721 $126,006 $1,034,000
29 Emeryville 11,899 $102,725 $489,400
30 Sunnyvale 152,770 $140,631 $1,223,600
31 Livermore 89,699 $127,452 $744,200
32 Pacifica 38,984 $125,500 $882,800
33 Mountain View 81,656 $139,720 $1,413,500
34 Mountain View 81,656 $139,720 $1,413,500
35 Mountain View 81,656 $139,720 $1,413,500
36 Mountain View 81,656 $139,720 $1,413,500
37 Fremont 235,740 $133,354 $931,600
38 Dublin 61,240 $150,299 $882,200
39 Burlingame 30,576 $128,447 $1,901,900
40 Campbell 42,221 $124,525 $1,079,000
41 Menlo Park 34,138 $160,784 $2,000,001
42 Millbrae 22,625 $128,494 $1,403,100
43 Moraga 17,539 $140,378 $1,140,700
44 Pleasanton 81,717 $156,400 $986,800
45 Lafayette 26,305 $178,889 $1,428,900
46 Los Gatos 30,729 $155,863 $1,694,000
47 Palo Alto 66,573 $158,271 $2,000,001
48 Cupertino 60,257 $171,917 $1,711,300
49 Woodside 5,542 $250,001 $2,000,001
50 San Ramon 75,648 $160,783 $958,800
51 Danville 44,605 $160,808 $1,091,900
52 Atherton 7,168 $250,001 $2,000,001
53 Clayton 12,083 $157,768 $771,400
54 Sausalito 7,116 $111,906 $1,346,000
55 Orinda 19,646 $223,217 $1,464,400
56 Saratoga 30,697 $191,677 $2,000,001
57 Belmont 27,097 $156,052 $1,527,500
58 Hillsborough 11,447 $250,001 $2,000,001
59 Monte Sereno 3,479 $250,001 $2,000,001
60 Los Altos Hills 8,505 $250,001 $2,000,001
61 Tiburon 9,144 $154,915 $2,000,001
62 Portola Valley 4,592 $224,554 $2,000,001
63 San Carlos 30,154 $182,083 $1,625,700
64 Piedmont 11,317 $224,659 $2,000,001
65 Los Altos 30,504 $235,278 $2,000,001
66 Belvedere 2,134 $245,208 $2,000,001

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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.

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