Hayward, California is in the southeastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, in Alameda County. Just south of Oakland, this historic area was known for it's robust agriculture and canning industries. Until the mid 1980s, Hayward was the home of Hunt's canned products. Among Hayward, CA homeowners, the median income is about $95K. With a population of over 155K residents, only 52% of the homes are owner-occupied, and 48% are rentals.