Rockford, Illinois Population 2018
Rockford is a city located in Illinois. It is located in both Winnebago County, where it serves as the county seat, and a small portion of the city is also located in Ogle County. By population, Rockford is the third largest city in Illinois, and it is the largest city outside of the Chicago metro area. During the 2010 US Census, the population was recorded as 152,871. Recent estimates show that the current population has since declined to 147,651. Rockford’s total area is 64.48 square miles, and the population density of this city is over 2,326 people per square mile.
Rockford’s population is predominantly white, with this race making up over 65% of the total population. Over 20% of the population is black, 2.9% Asian, 3.6% mixed, 7.5% other races, and 15.8% of all races are of Hispanic or Latino. Residents in Rockford that are religious are predominantly Catholic. However, other religions are practiced throughout the city’s residents, including Buddhism, Muslim, and Jewish. Approximately 14% of Rockford’s population lives below the federal poverty line. The city was once one of the leading manufacturers in the United States of furniture, machinery and heavy tools. However, when the manufacturing industry declined, the city turned to other sectors to stimulate the economy, including healthcare, tourism and aerospace. Currently, the city’s population is down over 3% from the last official census data recorded in 2010. However, the city is making efforts to bring residents back into the city, including a revitalization of the downtown area. Whether these efforts will be successful remains unknown, and only time will tell if Rockford’s population will once again be on the rise.
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