US Sanctuary City Statistics and Facts (2020) | By the Numbers



US Sanctuary City Statistics and Facts

With the recent decision by the Trump Administration to punish sanctuary cities in the US, there has been much discussion and debate about what the many sanctuary states, counties and cities will do about their sizable undocumented population and their future enforcement policies. I recently sat down to see what I could dig up for US Sanctuary City Statistics and Facts.

Here are the few interesting tidbits that I was able to find. Because the term "sanctuary" has a bit of a loose definition, quantifying them is a bit challenging, but as always, I will be adding to and updating this list as I come across new information. Be sure to check back often for the latest numbers.

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

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