Introduction to Hayward, California
Hayward, California is a city of slightly over 140,000 residents. It is located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, approximately a half hour southeast of San Francisco, and twenty minutes southeast of Oakland. Hayward is part of the San Francisco'Oakland'Fremont metropolitan area, which is one of the fifteen largest in the United States with a population of 4.1 million people.
Hayward is in close proximity to two cities, Oakland and San Francisco, that are ranked among the fifteen "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a study conducted by Cranium, Inc. in 2004.
Hayward enjoys weather that is similar to the rest of the Bay Area, winters are cool with average daily temperatures in the forties (degrees Fahrenheit), and summers are warm but not hot, with average daily temperatures in the high seventies (degrees Fahrenheit).
Hayward Arts and Entertainment
Hayward, California has easy access to all of the arts, cultural, and entertainment offerings of both Oakland and San Francisco. In addition, some of Hayward's more notable entertainment offerings include:
- The C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology at California State University, Hayward
- The Hayward Area Historical Society Museum
- The Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival
- The Zucchini Festival
For the sports minded, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to numerous professional sports teams, including: Major League Baseball's (MLB) Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, Major League Lacrosse's (MLL) San Francisco Dragons, the National Football League's (NFL) Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, and the United Soccer League's (USL) San Francisco Seals who play in the USL Premier Development League.