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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Rockford is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 6,132. Rockford is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Rockford offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Rockford and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Rockford are highly rated.
About Rockford...
Population
6,132

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$165,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$836
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Rockford 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    63
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    47.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    851.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Rockford

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,097
National
$55,322
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Rockford Reviews

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I have lived in rockford my whole life and do not plan on moving ever! I have gained so many great friends at Rockford High School and will carry them with me forever. I have never not felt safe (no locking my car door right when I get in, no being scared walking alone at night). This town has so many kind people that would help out in case of an emergency. It is also so conveniently placed just 20 minutes from downtown GR and only a 40 minute drive to Lake Michigan! I can't forget to mention the unique boutiques located in downtown Rockford that are amazing!
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Rockford is a very friendly town with much to do. You can meet new people every day! However, after living here for years I have run out of things to do, and activities become repetitive. It seems as if the highlight of Rockford now is to go get ice cream every so often and work all the time. There is also very little diversity in Rockford. The community is mainly white, and I would like to see a more diverse town.
Rockford is an excellent city with a huge friendly school district and an amazing downtown area. Rockford utilizes the beautiful scenery with the iconic Rockford Dam and the White Pine Trail which travels through downtown Rockford. Additionally, there is many well-known restaurants such as the Corner Bar and Rouge River Tavern which is loved by all. Overall, Rockford is a well-knit community.