Rockford, Illinois Population 2019

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.

Rockford Demographics

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

  • White: 66.96%
  • Black or African American: 21.59%
  • Other race: 3.89%
  • Two or more races: 3.89%
  • Asian: 3.25%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • 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
White99,522
Black or African American32,084
Some Other Race5,783
Two or More Races5,781
Asian4,827
American Indian and Alaska Native639
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4

Rockford Population Pyramid 2019

Rockford Median Age

36.5


Total

34.6


Male

38.6


Female

Rockford Adults

There are 111,005 adults, (23,343 of whom are seniors) in Rockford.

Rockford Age Dependency

69.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Rockford Sex Ratio

Female

76,189

51.26%

Male

72,451

48.74%

Rockford Households and Families

Rockford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Rockford Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78%22%
All55.4%44.6%
Non Family46.3%53.7%
Male45.4%54.6%
Female31.5%68.5%

55.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All58,9392.4655.4
Non Family23,2051.1846.3
Married21,8853.2278
Female10,6353.3931.5
Male3,2143.4145.4

3.15

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

6.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Rockford Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,3106.48%
9th to 12th Grade10,12310.40%
High School Graduate29,19229.99%
Some College22,77523.40%
Associates Degree8,0968.32%
Bachelors Degree12,52612.87%
Graduate Degree8,3188.55%

Rockford Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White61,45455,21216,639
Black17,92314,0561,750
Hispanic13,3877,905900
Other Race3,1211,763210
Asian3,0512,4031,239
Multiple Races2,0071,630303
Native American47236568
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 40.61%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,478$35,249$25,882
Less Than High School$20,208$24,950$13,993
High School Grad$25,846$30,639$22,529
Some College$30,188$36,682$25,534
Bachelors Degree$46,039$51,737$41,384
Graduate Degree$59,898$70,595$53,661

$30,478

Average Earnings

$35,249

Average Male

$25,882

Average Female

Rockford Language

Rockford Language by Age

Rockford Language

79.53% of Rockford residents speak only English, while 20.47% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.67% of the population.

Rockford Poverty

Rockford Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black31,05212,82041.29%
White78,22010,69213.67%
Hispanic26,9936,69224.79%
Multiple5,4881,79632.73%
Other5,7671,39524.19%
Asian4,81189918.69%
Native61327244.37%

22.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.40%

Male Poverty Rate

23.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rockford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rockford is Native, with 44.37% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rockford is White, with 13.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.35%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.13%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.87%
High School18.49%
Some College15.70%
Bachelors or Greater5.87%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed54.65%
Male Unemployed39.22%
Female Employed14.51%
Male Employed9.01%

Rockford Income

Rockford Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,991$57,162
Families$50,439$67,742
Married Families$69,423$85,367
Non Families$26,760$37,461

Rockford Marital Status

Rockford Marital Status

Marriage Rates

40.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.8%

Male Marriage Rate

38.2%

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

8,668

Number of Veterans

8,178

Male Veterans

490

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,988
Second Gulf War1,025
First Gulf War957
Korea947
World War II803
Age Group Veterans
75+2,544
65 to 742,203
35 to 541,730
55 to 641,534
18 to 34657

Rockford Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,2029.10%
Black1,1805.46%
Hispanic2841.69%
Asian1093.18%
2 or More943.55%
Other561.53%
Indian275.13%

Rockford Veterans by Education

10.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.77%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rockford Employment Status

62.7%

Labor Force Participation

54.6%

Employment Rate

12.8%

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

66.48%

Born in Illinois

88.01%

Native Born

11.99%

Foreign Born

6.88%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

88.01% of Rockford residents were born in the United States, with 66.48% having been born in Illinois. 6.88% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.