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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  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
    B+
Rockford is a city in Illinois with a population of 148,640. 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.
About Rockford...
Population
148,640

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$89,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$731
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
    1,208
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    77
    40.7
  • Robbery
    290.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    942.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,318.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    306.6
    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
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Rockford

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,991
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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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.
Rockford offers a good community to raise a child. A mixture between suburban America and urban America, Rockford is a part of fly-over America. There is nothing spectacular or amazing about the city itself. The residents of the city are also lackluster. The city itself has a small downtown area with little to do. A once great manufacturing city, Rockford now has a declining population. New events have emerged from the Rockford City Counsel in an attempt to create nostalgia for younger children. Although these events are very fun and will most likely perform the task they were made for, these still do not make up for blandness. The recent documentary "Minding the Gap" displays the poverty gap in Rockford, which has only seemed to grow wider. While Rockford is a very safe place in a majority of areas, the poor neighborhoods suffer gang violence. Overall, Rockford is a very average, bland city.