US Sanctuary City Statistics, History and Facts (2021)



Here are a few of the most interesting US Sanctuary City statistics and facts 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. These US Sanctuary City stats are based on news reports and not official company 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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