In the late 1800s, Hayward was full of fruit orchards, cattle ranches, stores, and other businesses proliferated on what had been Castro’s land. In the early decades of the 20th Century, the Hayward Area became known as the “Heart of the Garden of Eden” because of its temperate climate and fertile soil. Everything – produce, chickens, cattle, flowers – grew in abundance.

Today, with 150,000 residents, the City of Hayward is the sixth-largest city in the Bay Area and a thriving regional center of commerce, manufacturing activity, and trade. Known as the “Heart of the Bay,” Hayward has capitalized on its unparalleled location to become one of the most desirable business locations for companies in advanced industries.

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