Rockford, Illinois Population 2022

147,811
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Rockford is a city located in Winnebago County Illinois. It is also the county seat of Winnebago County. With a 2020 population of 147,811, it is the 5th largest city in Illinois and the 193rd largest city in the United States. Rockford is currently declining at a rate of -0.28% annually and its population has decreased by -0.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 148,655 in 2020. Spanning over 65 miles, Rockford has a population density of 2,296 people per square mile.

The average household income in Rockford is $61,396 with a poverty rate of 21.82%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Rockford is 37.2 years, 35.5 years for males, and 39 years for females.

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.

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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Rockfordwas:

  • White: 65.07%
  • Black or African American: 22.25%
  • Two or more races: 5.78%
  • Asian: 3.58%
  • Other race: 3.16%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Rockford, Illinois is 147,811 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 148,655.

Rockford, Illinois Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Rockford Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Rockford Population by Race

Rockford Population Pyramid 2022

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Rockford Median Age

37.8


Total

36.5


Male

39.3


Female

Rockford Adults

There are 111,393 adults, (25,639 of whom are seniors) in Rockford.

Rockford Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

29.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42

Child Dependency Ratio

Rockford Sex Ratio

Female

76,086

51.60%

Male

71,355

48.40%

Rockford Population by Age

Rockford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Rockford Household Types

53.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Rockford Households and Families

3.01

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

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Rockford Households by Type

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Rockford Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Rockford Educational Attainment by Race

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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 49.66%.

Rockford Educational Attainment by Race

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$31,297

Average Earnings

$36,456

Average Male

$26,507

Average Female

Rockford Earnings by Educational Attainment

Rockford Language by Age

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Rockford Language

78.55% of Rockford residents speak only English, while 21.45% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.52% of the population.

Rockford Language

Rockford Poverty by Race

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21.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.49%

Male Poverty Rate

23.05%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rockford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rockford is Black, with 39.93% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.05%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.82%.

Rockford Poverty

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Rockford Poverty Rate by Education

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Rockford Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Rockford Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Rockford Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.9%

Male Marriage Rate

38.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Rockford Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Rockford Marital Status by Race

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Rockford Marital Status

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7,900

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Rockford Veterans by War

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Rockford Veterans by Age

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Rockford Veterans by Race

Rockford Veterans by Education

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7.20%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rockford Veterans by Education

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60.6%

Labor Force Participation

54.8%

Employment Rate

9.6%

Unemployment Rate

Rockford Employment by Age

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Rockford Employment by Race

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Rockford Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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66.09%

Born in Rockford

87.35%

Native Born

12.65%

Foreign Born

7.48%

Non Citizen

5.16%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.35% of Rockford residents were born in the United States, with 66.09% having been born in Illinois. 7.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Rockford Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Rockford Population by Year