With a population of 36 million and an area of 158,402 square miles, California is the largest U.S. state in population and the third largest in area.

It is estimated that one out of every eight United States residents lives in California. The annual birthrate is approximately 500,000. 34.9% of California residents report that they are of Hispanic ethnicity compared to 14.2% nationwide.

The state’s major predominant industries include agriculture, entertainment, light manufacturing, and tourism. California is also the home of several significant economic regions such as Hollywood (entertainment), the California Central Valley (agriculture), Silicon Valley (computers and high tech), and the Napa Valley region (wine).

Some genetics-related state programs in California are:
  • Prenatal Screening Program
  • Newborn Screening Program
  • Newborn Hearing Screening Program
  • Birth Defects Monitoring Program

For more information about any of the above genetic services or activities in California, please refer to the links in the menu on the right or contact us.

The project is a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Children with Special Health Needs Program, Genetic Services Branch.