Situated on the East Bay within Alameda County, the city of Hayward sits between San Lorenzo and Union City. Hayward has a population of 153,104 people, making it the sixth biggest city within the San Francisco area, and the third largest city within Alameda County. Various suburbs which have been incorporated into the city are Mount Eden, Russell City, and Schafer Park.
The Southland Mall is the biggest shopping center within Hayward, providing a wide variety of stores including mega corporations Sear's and Macy's. Various major chain stores situated here comprise Home Depot, Office Depot, and Target (that is situated at the Skywest Commons Mall). There is a huge variety of manufacturing companies which are located within Hayward as well, such as Kobe Steel (that operates Kobe Precision), and PepsiCo (A bottling group facility). The soft drink company Shasta has chosen to make Hayward the home of its head office, as has Gillig Corporation (a school bus manufacturer), Dust Networks and Andersen Bakery.
Costco Business Center, Bianchi Bicycles, Bianchi USA, Nhey kagawa, Manheim San Francisco Bay, and Azuma Foods International all have a facility or factory in Hayward. Rob Simms, the founder of Simms' Custom Cycles, chose Hayward to be its head office. A role-playing game publisher, Chaosium, is likewise based there.
Within Hayward, City Hall has had three locations. Amongst the old City Hall buildings, which is currently neglected is the tallest building in downtown Hayward. The Hayward Public Library is likewise located downtown, together with the Hayward Area Historical Society, white runs the museum. Prior to claiming for bankruptcy, the head offices for Mervyn's department store chains were located there as well. The only movie theatre within the city, the Cinema Place complex, could be located downtown.