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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Rockford is a city in Illinois with a population of 147,881. Rockford is in Winnebago County. Living in Rockford offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rockford there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rockford and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Rockford are above average.
About Rockford...
Population
147,881

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$89,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$752
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Rockford Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    885.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    85.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    193.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    686.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,373.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    267
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Rockford

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,066
National
$55,322
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Rockford Reviews

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I’ve lived in Rockford Illinois for 14 years and it is really my hometown at this point. I’ve gone through years where I love it and years where I absolutely cannot wait to leave but usually my opinion on Rockford is “eh, it’s alright”. Right now our mayor has implemented a phases of bringing community together and it’s slow going but man are people taking pride in this place and it’s awesome! If I could change something if would be that Rockford would be a safer place to wander about because there’s so many wonderful places to go but people don’t feel safe and therefore don’t go anywhere.
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Rockford gets a bad reputation from all the crime. A lot of violence happens in this town with shootings or people go missing and end up being found dead. Other than the crime, Rockford is a very good town. We support each other. We are proud to be from Rockford. Our downtown area was terrible 10 years ago. Drugs, homeless, deaths, low income, abandoned buildings but then the government decided to step in and revamp the area and now it is very popular local attraction. When someone needs assistance after a house burned down or a death in the family or a shooting at a public place, the Community comes together to help support those in needs and raise funds. Rockford is a very caring Community, and giving as well. Your car breaks down on the side of the road, 5-7 people will stop and ask if you need assistance. You struggle shoveling a driveway or your car gets stuck in snow, a neighbor will walk over with a shovel and help you. Rockford has its ups and downs but its truly wonderful.
I was born and raised in Rockford...It was very nice in the 1950's, but started a downhill trend in the late 1960"s....Then all at once, I find myself and my family not being too keen on being in so many places as we felt our safety was being compromised, especially at night... My family escaped to Colorado in 1992. During my many trips back to Rockford, I have seen first hand drug dealing , women selling their bodies, and break ins involving cars and homes. Really not a good feeling...I even observed drug dealing in a drug store's parking lot in a " better " part of town, and incredibly actually saw a police car drive by on the street, the police person seeing the action, but drove on!!!!!!! Sorry, don't miss the place...Not sure I want to be buried here when I die....