For two decades, Sacramento drew thousands of refugees each year from across the world. But no longer.
Last year, Sacramento County attracted about 650 refugees, down from roughly 3,000 at the height of the refugee boom in the area, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Social Services.
Sacramento was once the national epicenter for Russian and Ukranian Christians fleeing religious persecution. It also attracted thousands of Hmong fleeing oppression in southeast Asia.
But religious persecution of Christian evangelicals -- Sacramento's largest refugee group -- has almost disappeared since the collapse of communism in the former Soviet Union in 1989-91, experts say.
And the State Department has all but stopped accepting Hmong refugees who historically flocked to Sacramento.
Even with the declines, Sacramento remains home to the nation's largest Slavic evangelical and Iu Mien communities and one of the largest Hmong populations.
But today, instead of Sacramento, refugees are largely flocking to southern California, particularly to Los Angeles (Iranians) and San Diego (Iraqis).
This chart shows refugee arrivals to Sacramento County by year over the last three decades.