Rockford, Illinois Population 2020

146,526

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 146,526. 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 37.1 years, 35.3 years for males, and 39 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.9 males.

The median income for households in Rockford, Illinois is $, while the mean household income is $.

Rockford Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Rockford was:

  • White: 67.40%
  • Black or African American: 21.98%
  • Two or more races: 3.92%
  • Asian: 3.26%
  • Other race: 3.05%
  • Native American: 0.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%

How Many People Live in Rockford, Illinois?

146,526
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018146,526-502-0.34%
2017147,028-753-0.51%
2016147,781-715-0.48%
2015148,496-919-0.62%
2014149,415-1,214-0.81%
2013150,629-638-0.42%
2012151,267-855-0.56%
2011152,122-1,026-0.67%
2010153,1483,0330.20%
2000150,11510,6890.74%
1990139,426-286-0.02%
1980139,712-7,658-0.53%
1970147,37020,6641.52%
1960126,70633,7793.15%
195092,9278,2900.94%
194084,637-1,227-0.14%
193085,86420,2132.72%
192065,65120,2503.76%
191045,40114,3503.87%
190031,0517,4672.79%
189023,58410,4556.03%
188013,1292,0801.74%
187011,0494,0704.70%
18606,9790.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018337,658-594-0.18%
2017338,252-1,396-0.41%
2016339,648-1,180-0.35%
2015340,828-1,687-0.49%
2014342,515-2,246-0.66%
2013344,761-1,101-0.32%
2012345,862-1,904-0.55%
2011347,766-1,425-0.41%
2010349,1910.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White99,67667.40%
Black or African American32,50121.98%
Two or More Races5,7973.92%
Asian4,8233.26%
Some Other Race4,5133.05%
American Indian and Alaska Native5670.38%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander40.00%

Rockford Population Pyramid 2020

Rockford Median Age

37.1


Total

35.3


Male

39


Female

Rockford Adults

There are 111,062 adults, (24,385 of whom are seniors) in Rockford.

Rockford Age Dependency

70.6

Age Dependency Ratio

28.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Rockford Sex Ratio

Female

76,261

51.57%

Male

71,620

48.43%

Rockford Households and Families

Rockford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Rockford Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.5%21.5%
All54.9%45.1%
Non Family45.7%54.3%
Male44.8%55.2%
Female30.7%69.3%

54.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All59,4032.4254.9
Non Family23,7931.1745.7
Married21,5983.1578.5
Female10,6623.4130.7
Male3,3503.5244.8

3.11

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

6.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Rockford Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,7325.86%
9th to 12th Grade10,05210.28%
High School Graduate29,85430.52%
Some College23,08523.60%
Associates Degree7,7967.97%
Bachelors Degree12,54612.82%
Graduate Degree8,7608.95%

Rockford Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White61,65155,79516,451
Black18,33214,7232,301
Hispanic13,1187,676863
Asian3,1202,4911,387
Other Race2,3281,166177
Multiple Races2,0331,619336
Native American41932226
Islander33

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 44.46%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,747$35,570$26,185
Less Than High School$19,844$26,219$13,988
High School Grad$25,985$30,384$21,971
Some College$30,632$37,292$25,941
Bachelors Degree$48,854$54,490$43,757
Graduate Degree$60,935$73,202$54,709

$30,747

Average Earnings

$35,570

Average Male

$26,185

Average Female

Rockford Language

Rockford Language by Age

Rockford Language

79.41% of Rockford residents speak only English, while 20.59% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.66% of the population.

Rockford Poverty

Rockford Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black31,38312,93241.21%
White77,51010,92414.09%
Hispanic26,1746,44324.62%
Multiple5,4601,88934.60%
Asian4,80298120.43%
Other4,49775416.77%
Native53825948.14%

22.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.93%

Male Poverty Rate

24.24%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rockford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rockford is Native, with 48.14% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rockford is White, with 14.09% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.46%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.51%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.11%
High School19.58%
Some College15.29%
Bachelors or Greater5.36%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed53.28%
Male Unemployed39.37%
Female Employed14.30%
Male Employed9.67%

Rockford Income

Rockford Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,066$59,759
Families$53,005$71,970
Married Families$72,209$90,467
Non Families$26,971$38,164

Rockford Marital Status

Rockford Marital Status

Marriage Rates

40.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.8%

Male Marriage Rate

37.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Rockford Married by Age and Sex

Rockford Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Rockford Marital Status by Race

Rockford Veterans

8,457

Number of Veterans

7,869

Male Veterans

588

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,086
Second Gulf War1,090
First Gulf War924
Korea819
World War II692
Age Group Veterans
75+2,396
65 to 742,333
35 to 541,639
55 to 641,463
18 to 34626

Rockford Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,0978.93%
Black9994.50%
Hispanic4192.56%
2 or More1666.25%
Asian1143.24%
Other622.25%
Indian194.22%

Rockford Veterans by Education

9.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.40%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rockford Employment Status

62.2%

Labor Force Participation

54.8%

Employment Rate

11.9%

Unemployment Rate

Rockford Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.39%

Born in Illinois

88.12%

Native Born

11.88%

Foreign Born

6.85%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

88.12% of Rockford residents were born in the United States, with 66.39% having been born in Illinois. 6.85% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.