US Sanctuary City Facts and Statistics for 2024

Last Updated on: January 8th, 2024

Here are a few of the most interesting US Sanctuary City facts and statistics I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

What is a Sanctuary City?

In the United States and Canada, a sanctuary city is a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws in the country in which they are now living. (source)

US Sanctuary City Statistics and Facts

Total number of US sanctuary cities:

39 cities

Last updated 9/2/16

Total number of sanctuary counties in the US:

364 sanctuary counties

Last updated 9/2/16

Number of US sanctuary states:

4 (California, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island)

Last updated 9/2/16

Estimated amount of Federal funding that sanctuary cities receive annually:

$27 billion

Last updated 2/2/17

Sanctuary City that receives the most annual Federal funding:

New York

Last updated 2/2/17

A full and map of sanctuary cities can be found here.

See also: US Immigration Statistics and Facts

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. Most of these fun facts come from internet reports and may not be official tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.

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