A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$151,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$767
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%

Rockford Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    289
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    179
    41
  • Robbery
    16
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    113
    500
  • Theft
    1,367
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    32
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$60,565
National
$55,322
Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Great schools, friendly people, beautiful downtown area and lots of family activities! I love the fall time in downtown Rockford. There is live music on the weekends, farmer markets, and activities for all ages.
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Overall, Rockford is great. It's a sleepy town that's close enough to Grand Rapids to get some big-city experiences, but small enough to keep its small-town feel.
There are some really unique boutiques and restaurants in the downtown area and it is an absolutely beautiful town to walk in.

That being said, Rockford is very much lacking in the diversity department. The overwhelming majority of the population is white and conservative. I was frustrated with the lack of diversity in the town and the schools. There is no public transportation: it's a commuter town.

Honestly though, Rockford is a lovely town that I think really embodies Michigan.
Upon moving to Rockford, MI this past month I noticed a few things were different. For one, I am much farther from the city than I am traditionally used to. Second, The people were unexpectedly friendly. I had expected a much different social class to present and boy was I surprised. There are a lot of outdoors activities to enjoy, authentic dishes to indulge in and even the local enforcement are extremely reasonable.