Rockford is a city located in the state of 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 History Notes
The city of Rockford was initially established by a group of four men that had come from the nearby town of Galena. Initially, the settlement claimed the name of 'Midway' due to its unique location at a midpoint between the settlements of Chicago and Galena. However, a ford that was placed perfectly on the Rock River lead to a new name for the developing city - Rockford.
The city of Rockford was officially incorporated in 1839 and was granted city status in 1852. The city became known for the craftsmanship of furniture. The industry didn't survive the struggles that the Great Depression and the following Second World War would place on the city. After the wars, Rockford industry became based in machinery, automotive, packaging, and innovation of exciting products. Some of the popular innovations attributed to the area include the airbrush and the dollar bill changer among many other tools.
The 1992 move, A League of Their Own, featured the Rockford Peaches - which was an all-girls baseball team.
Rockford, IL Religion Statistics
Religious residents in Rockford report that the population is predominantly Catholic. However, other religions are practiced amongst the city’s residents, including Buddhism, Muslim, and Jewish practices. Approximately 14% of Rockford’s population lives below the federal poverty line.
Rockford Population Changes
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.
Rockford, Illinois's estimated population is 146,526 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Rockford, Illinois is the 5th largest city in Illinois based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 2276.20 people/mi² (878.84 people/km²).
The overall median age is 36.5 years, 34.6 years for males, and 38.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 66,321 households in the city, with an average size of 2.46 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.9%, with a median rent of $731/month. The median house has 5.4 rooms, and has a value of $89,500.
The median income for households in Rockford, Illinois is $41,991, while the mean household income is $57,162.