The 5 Cheapest Hayward, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2024

The cheapest Hayward neighborhoods are Whitman-Mocine and Mission-Garin for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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Everything else equal, we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Hayward might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

What exactly are those Hayward neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and determine which neighborhoods in Hayward are the cheapest using Saturday Night Science.

The Cheapest Neighborhoods In Hayward For 2024

  1. Whitman-Mocine
  2. Mission-Garin
  3. Fairway Park
  4. Tennyson-Alquire
  5. Jackson Triangle

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Hayward for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Whitman-Mocine looks to be the cheapest Hayward neighborhood to live in.

At this point, we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Hayward. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Hayward that deserve a little bragging rights, or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Hayward.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 5 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Hayward For 2024

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Population: 5,358
Cost Of Living Index: 137 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.9 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (2nd cheapest)
More on Whitman-Mocine: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 7,895
Cost Of Living Index: 145 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.9 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (cheapest)
More on Mission-Garin: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 9,795
Cost Of Living Index: 150 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.7 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (4th cheapest)
More on Fairway Park: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 13,184
Cost Of Living Index: 133 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.8 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.027 (16th cheapest)
More on Tennyson-Alquire: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 10,463
Cost Of Living Index: 142 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 7.2 (13th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (5th cheapest)
More on Jackson Triangle: Data | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Hayward Hoods In 2024

To rank the cheapest places to live in Hayward, we had to determine what criteria define “cheap” and then apply Saturday Night Science.

Using Census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index, the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Hayward.” We’re lookin’ at you, Whitman-Mocine.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Hayward. Skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Hayward

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Hayward where prices are low, and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

The most affordable neighborhoods in Hayward are Whitman-Mocine, Mission-Garin, Fairway Park, Tennyson-Alquire, Jackson Triangle, Burbank, Santa Clara, Hayward Highland, Glen Eden, and Southgate.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Hayward aren’t all cheap. North Hayward takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Hayward.

The most expensive neighborhoods in Hayward are North Hayward, Mission-Foothill, Mt Eden, Longwood-Winton Grove, and Upper B Street.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Hayward For 2024

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Whitman-Mocine 137
2 Mission-Garin 145
3 Fairway Park 150
4 Tennyson-Alquire 133
5 Jackson Triangle 142
6 Burbank 145
7 Santa Clara 145
8 Hayward Highland 172
9 Glen Eden 145
10 Southgate 151
11 Harder-Tennyson 133
12 Upper B Street 151
13 Longwood-Winton Grove 143
14 Mt Eden 161
15 Mission-Foothill 147
16 North Hayward 146
About Chris Kolmar

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