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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$94,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$728
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Rockford Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,132
    273
  • Murder
    13
    6
  • Rape
    100
    41
  • Robbery
    340
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    972
    525
  • Theft
    2,651
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    329
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,716
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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Rockford Reviews

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I'm a 25 year old AA Female. I was born and raised in Rockford. Pros- Diversity! I loved growing up having friends of all races and economic statuses. I never had any racial issues in Rockford. There's a bunch of factories and call centers for employment if you're looking for entry level work. Housing is way cheaper than larger cities. Cons- There's nothing to do. East State Street is pretty much the beginning and end of entertainment, dining and shopping. Crime rate has sky rocketed within the last 5 years. Rockford used to be safe. Growing up, I used to stay outside all day long playing with friends til 9 or 10pm. Now kids cant even be outiside for fear that they may get hit by a stray bullet. Rockford is pretty much like a mini Chicago as far as crime goes, but it's missing the good qualities that Chicago has to offer.
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I've enjoyed growing up in Rockford. I was born and raised here. The park district offers many opportunities for citizens of all ages! Including a large water park, neighborhood pools, parks/playgrounds, discovery center. The city was built on the Rock River, so many opportunities for recreation are available. I would change the safety. Rockford is notorious for being dangerous. I would make the city and streets safer.
Rockford has been my home, for 17 years. This place definitely defines who I am, but not in the negative light that others see about Rockford. People view Rockford as a place of crime, and a city full of danger. Even with these terrible things, Rockford will always be seen as my home. This is where I have meet my best friends, grown up, and made plenty of memories. There are things in Rockford that I would absolutely love to change to make it safer, but for now it's my favorite place to be!