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%

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Rockford Reviews

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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!
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Rockford is in the process of reshaping itself. The mainstay of Rockford was manufacturing (ever heard of the Sock Monkey??? Originated in Rockford!) and when businesses closed or moved, the situation darkened. A movement is in place now called Transform Rockford, which is a group trying to bring the community back together to work for the rebuilding of a once great city.
Rockford has a beautiful park district with so many great parks where a family can enjoy a sunny day. The Rock River flows through Rockford giving all kinds of boating opportunities -- motor, canoe, kayak, rowing, etc.
Rockford is just an hour from Chicago, so a trip to the big city is easy and affordable. But a real effort is underway to redevelop downtown Rockford.
Rockford, IL is trying to improve itself. Riddled with poverty and the issues that come with it, Rockford leaves many citizens feeling unsafe in their own backyards. Safety is a very large public concern. Health issues are also rampant in Rockford, with many of it's residents falling on the obese side of weight. The public schools, in part due to the widespread poverty and a huge lack of funding, leave a lot to be desired. As a tutor in the Rockford area, I can see that the children that are in poverty stricken neighborhoods are being let down. With that said, there is a very diverse population in Rockford, and the cost of living is next to nothing. Rockford is struggling to rise up from the metaphorical ashes of disaster in the town. Unfortunately, most of the changes seem to be superficial. I love Rockford and will always think of it as one of my homes, and hopefully the changes we are attempting to make work, but until then I cannot give it anything more than 3 stars.