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City of Isleton
Downtown Isleton, a National Historic Landmark
Downtown Isleton, a National Historic Landmark
Location in Sacramento County and the state of California
Location in Sacramento County and the state of California
Country  United States
State  California
County Sacramento
Incorporated May 14, 1923
 • Total 0.492 sq mi (1.272 km2)
 • Land 0.440 sq mi (1.139 km2)
 • Water 0.052 sq mi (0.134 km2)  10.50%
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 804
 • Density 1,634.1/sq mi (632.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code 916
FIPS code 06-36882
GNIS feature IDs 277531, 2410122

Isleton is a city in Sacramento County, California, United States. The population was 804 at the 2010 census, down from 828 at the 2000 census. It is located on Andrus Island amid the slough wetlands of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, on the eastern edge of the Rio Vista Gas Field. The city has many preserved 19th-century era storefronts along its main street, some of which show distinct Chinese influences.

Isleton is part of the SacramentoArden-ArcadeRoseville Metropolitan Statistical Area and Rio Vista Micropolitan Statistical Area. California State Route 160 passes through the city and crosses the 1923 Isleton Bridge.


Isleton was founded 1874 by Josiah Pool. After having the town platted, he constructed a wharf on the Sacramento River, and a booming town soon followed. However, Isleton was flooded in 1878 and 1881, causing Pool financial difficulties and leading him to move out. The town also flooded in 1890, 1907, and 1972. As agriculture in the surrounding area developed, three canneries opened up in Isleton and other delta towns. The cannery workforce was over 90 percent Asian.

Chinese began immigrating to Isleton around 1875, and at its peak, the Chinese section of the city had about 1,500 people and included a branch of the Bing Kong Tong. The city also had a Japantown, just east of Chinatown. The Chinese and Japanese districts are in the National Register of Historic Places.

As the canneries folded, the population started to decline, although it has started to rebound since 2010. Its economy was badly hit by the recession in 2007. In 2012, the city lost its police department.


Isleton is located at 38°9′43″N 121°36′33″W / 38.16194°N 121.60917°W / 38.16194; -121.60917 (38.161861, -121.609269).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) of it (10.50%) is water.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Isleton has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,090
1940 1,837 −12.1%
1950 1,597 −13.1%
1960 1,039 −34.9%
1970 909 −12.5%
1980 914 0.6%
1990 833 −8.9%
2000 828 −0.6%
2010 804 −2.9%
Est. 2015 834 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census


The 2010 United States Census reported that Isleton had a population of 804. The population density was 1,636.9 people per square mile (632.0/km²). The ethnic makeup of Isleton was 542 (67.4%) White, 10 (1.2%) Hispanic or Latino, 316 (39.3%) African American, 10 (1.2%) Native American, 41 (5.1%) Asian, 4 (0.5%) Pacific Islander, 139 (17.3%) from other races, and 58 (7.2%) from two or more races.

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