These Are The 10 Worst Hayward Suburbs For 2018


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

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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 Los Altos certainly tries.

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…

We examined the 59 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 2018:

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

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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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Hayward for 2018

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, 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 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 59 suburbs to evaluate around Hayward.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 59 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.

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.

1. Richmond

Richmond, California

Population: 108,303
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Median Home Price: $330,200
Median Income: $57,107
More on Richmond: Data | Jobs

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.

2. Pittsburg

Pittsburg, California

Population: 67,998
Unemployment Rate: 11.8%
Median Home Price: $280,900
Median Income: $63,950
More on Pittsburg: Data | Jobs

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 $63,950 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.

3. Antioch

Antioch, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 108,675
Unemployment Rate: 9.7%
Median Home Price: $291,400
Median Income: $65,530
More on Antioch: Data | Jobs

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.

4. San Pablo

San Pablo, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 29,991
Unemployment Rate: 10.1%
Median Home Price: $221,400
Median Income: $45,503
More on San Pablo: Data | Jobs

If you live in San Pablo, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st lowest Hayward suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Hayward. Remember, we looked at 59 cities for this study.

San Pablo is about 26.5 miles to downtown.

5. Concord

Concord, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 126,938
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Median Home Price: $423,100
Median Income: $71,477
More on Concord: Data | Jobs

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

All snarkiness aside, Concord has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Hayward area, where the median price is $423,100. To put that into perspective, in Los Altos, the median income is $250,000, which is the best in the area.

Concord has an unemployment rate of 8.0% which ranks 7th worst.

6. Oakland

Oakland, California

Population: 412,040
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Median Home Price: $500,500
Median Income: $57,778
More on Oakland: Data | Jobs

Oakland has 412,040 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 20.0%.

7. East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto, California

Population: 29,353
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $515,900
Median Income: $55,170
More on East Palo Alto: Data | Jobs

Ah, East Palo Alto. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Hayward.

It’s the place with the 6th most out of work residents in the Hayward metro area (8.1%).

8. San Leandro

San Leandro, California

Population: 89,039
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $426,900
Median Income: $64,065
More on San Leandro: Data | Jobs

San Leandro is a city about 6.0 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. San Leandro has the 7th most uninsured people, 6th worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (6.8%) in the entire Hayward metro area.

Homes only cost $426,900 for a reason. That’s cheap for Hayward standards.

9. San Jose

San Jose, California

Population: 1,009,363
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Median Home Price: $658,000
Median Income: $90,303
More on San Jose: Data | Jobs

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

About 7.4% of residents are out of work.

10. Pinole

Pinole, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,040
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $387,500
Median Income: $74,124
More on Pinole: Data | Jobs

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

Located 28.3 miles outside the city, Pinoles is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 27th highest unemployment rate (5.9%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Hayward where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

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. Los Altos takes the cake as the best place to live around Hayward.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Hayward Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Richmond 108,303 9.3% $330,200 $57,107
2 Pittsburg 67,998 11.8% $280,900 $63,950
3 Antioch 108,675 9.7% $291,400 $65,530
4 San Pablo 29,991 10.1% $221,400 $45,503
5 Concord 126,938 8.0% $423,100 $71,477
6 Oakland 412,040 9.3% $500,500 $57,778
7 East Palo Alto 29,353 8.1% $515,900 $55,170
8 San Leandro 89,039 6.8% $426,900 $64,065
9 San Jose 1,009,363 7.4% $658,000 $90,303
10 Pinole 19,040 5.9% $387,500 $74,124
11 Newark 44,677 5.7% $547,800 $91,965
12 Brentwood 56,923 7.4% $428,500 $94,130
13 Milpitas 73,447 7.3% $635,300 $103,623
14 Alameda 77,409 6.4% $677,000 $83,048
15 South San Francisco 66,587 6.6% $644,500 $85,076
16 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
17 Emeryville 11,111 6.3% $396,900 $74,295
18 Martinez 37,544 6.7% $462,300 $93,874
19 Berkeley 118,585 7.3% $795,200 $70,393
20 Hercules 25,011 5.3% $422,200 $103,044
21 Walnut Creek 67,568 6.7% $647,400 $82,848
22 San Bruno 42,736 5.4% $668,700 $89,000
23 Pleasant Hill 34,395 6.0% $584,700 $93,476
24 Santa Clara 122,725 5.2% $734,500 $102,533
25 Livermore 86,493 4.6% $595,500 $104,223
26 San Mateo 102,224 5.3% $850,200 $95,667
27 Half Moon Bay 12,281 4.9% $774,000 $106,211
28 Albany 19,420 6.1% $697,600 $85,458
29 Fremont 227,934 5.3% $702,800 $111,613
30 Sunnyvale 149,596 6.0% $859,100 $109,799
31 Mountain View 78,827 4.7% $973,000 $109,249
32 Mountain View 78,827 4.7% $973,000 $109,249
33 Pacifica 38,844 4.1% $680,500 $103,545
34 Millbrae 22,522 5.0% $1,037,400 $98,533
35 Campbell 40,788 3.9% $804,500 $103,704
36 Sausalito 7,115 6.6% $1,163,500 $116,325
37 Menlo Park 33,319 3.6% $1,581,700 $126,045
38 Los Gatos 30,491 5.0% $1,338,400 $127,278
39 Moraga 16,977 6.0% $971,700 $136,336
40 Burlingame 30,118 4.5% $1,447,400 $102,443
41 Dublin 54,523 4.0% $693,900 $128,403
42 Clayton 11,655 6.3% $629,200 $136,946
43 Pleasanton 77,046 4.3% $828,900 $130,170
44 Belmont 26,918 5.0% $1,074,600 $120,169
45 Palo Alto 66,649 4.8% $1,702,100 $137,043
46 Lafayette 25,381 5.0% $1,127,400 $142,977
47 Cupertino 60,297 6.8% $1,214,300 $147,929
48 San Carlos 29,596 5.8% $1,107,600 $135,220
49 Atherton 7,127 6.1% $2,000,000 $250,000
50 Saratoga 30,830 5.5% $1,742,900 $169,579
51 Danville 43,758 5.1% $919,500 $146,603
52 San Ramon 74,366 3.9% $810,700 $134,188
53 Woodside 5,496 3.4% $2,000,000 $223,934
54 Orinda 18,936 4.6% $1,125,000 $178,704
55 Hillsborough 11,312 5.4% $2,000,000 $216,292
56 Tiburon 9,170 3.9% $1,847,800 $149,510
57 Los Altos Hills 8,376 3.5% $2,000,000 $243,701
58 Piedmont 11,201 3.7% $1,572,700 $202,083
59 Los Altos 30,238 3.2% $2,000,000 $187,656

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