Skip to Main Content
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A
Rock Island is a town in Illinois with a population of 38,560. Rock Island is in Rock Island County. Living in Rock Island offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rock Island there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rock Island and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Rock Island...
Population
38,560

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$100,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$687
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Rock Island
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Rock Island Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    200.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    50
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    437
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,811.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    347.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Rock Island

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,244
National
$55,322
Places like Rock Island
More

Rock Island Reviews

56 reviews
All Categories
It wouldn't be a bad place to live if: the city and county government could manage money, hire people who are not related to those who already work there or are board members, uphold contracts to companies trying to put in new businesses, so they don't back out and put the city/county in the hole, people would act like they cared about where they live and keep it clean instead of treating it like a garbage can or destroying the homes they live in, property taxes weren't insane, when we voted something as a no they do it anyway, and much more! Rock Island tends to be a crapshoot. You have some great neighborhoods that backyard to horrible ones. They treat domestic abuse in the county like they could be bothered less with it or like we are making it up, until someone gets hurt. Then they don't understand how it went so wrong.... but they have bars! Plenty of them, oh and churches, drug deals, and Augustana College that costs WAY too much for it's location...
Start Your Review of Rock Island
Rate It!
I have lived in Rock Island all my life, and am very familiar with the city—several aspects of it, at any rate. While I cannot accurately describe the public school or nightlife scenes due to a lack of experience (I attended private schools throughout my life and tend not to engage in the nightlife due to my isolated nature), I can say that, in other aspects, Rock Island is a good place to life. The neighborhoods, commercial areas, and metropolitan areas are, for the most part, quite well-kept, and there is a large variety of restaurants, stores, and entertainment centers.
I like how diverse rock island is. Also, all of my family and friends are here. But, the reason I gave it three stars is because not only is there gangs and violence, but there’s also many people living in poverty here.