A thriving agricultural community in the early 20th century, it is now largely uninhabited by Chinese-Americans.
A historic district of 50 wood-frame buildings along Main Street, Key Street and River Road was designated a historic district in 1990.
As the migration trends toward returning to China, many Chinatowns, especially smaller ones like the one in Washington DC, begin to lose their initial mission.
Today, many urban Chinatowns in the United States are becoming visitor centers rather than serving as the ethnic enclaves they once were, although the rapidly growing satellite New York City Chinatowns in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn on Long Island represent a stark exception to this trend in North America, fueled by continuing robust levels of large-scale immigration from mainland China specifically directed toward New York.
While some Chinatowns have retained their status as the ethnic Chinese enclave, many of them have lost that status.
The cities with the ten highest Chinese American populations, with New York City comprising over half of the combined total, according to the 2015 American Community Survey, were as follows: and a second at First and Adams Street in the present location of the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Throughout Sacramento's Chinatown history there were fires, acts of discrimination, and prejudicial legislation such as the Chinese Exclusion Act that was not repealed until 1943.