Rockford, Illinois Population 2021

168,468
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Rockford is a city located in Winnebago County Illinois. Rockford has a 2020 population of 168,468. It is also the county seat of Winnebago County. Rockford is currently declining at a rate of -0.45% annually and its population has decreased by -5.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 178,387 in 2010. Rockford reached it's highest population of 178,387 in 2010.

The average household income in Rockford is $63,087 with a poverty rate of 20.51%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $778 per month, and the median house value is $95,900. The median age in Rockford is 39.1 years, 37 years for males, and 40.7 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 Rockford was:

  • White: 71.13%
  • Black or African American: 18.70%
  • Two or more races: 4.10%
  • Asian: 3.11%
  • Other race: 2.59%
  • Native American: 0.37%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Rockford, Illinois is 168,468 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 170,736.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 178,387.

Rockford, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White122,01571.13%
Black or African American32,07818.70%
Two or More Races7,0304.10%
Asian5,3283.11%
Some Other Race4,4362.59%
American Indian and Alaska Native6350.37%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander60.00%
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Rockford Population by Race

Rockford Population Pyramid $2021

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Rockford Median Age

39.1


Total

37


Male

40.7


Female

Rockford Adults

There are 130,518 adults, (30,547 of whom are seniors) in Rockford.

Rockford Age Dependency

71.6

Age Dependency Ratio

30.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41

Child Dependency Ratio

Rockford Sex Ratio

Female

88,719

51.72%

Male

82,809

48.28%

Rockford Population by Age

Rockford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Rockford Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.6%19.4%
All58.1%41.9%
Non Family48.5%51.5%
Male48.5%51.5%
Female33.8%66.2%

58.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Rockford Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All70,5922.3858.1
Non Family28,4311.1748.5
Married26,5453.0980.6
Female11,7613.3533.8
Male3,8553.4548.5

3.07

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

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Rockford Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,3445.46%
9th to 12th Grade11,4879.89%
High School Graduate36,62331.52%
Some College26,68022.97%
Associates Degree9,1887.91%
Bachelors Degree15,93413.72%
Graduate Degree9,9178.54%
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Rockford Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Rockford Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White77,36369,87620,061
Black18,87915,3412,816
Hispanic14,6148,7871,085
Asian3,4222,7321,500
Other Race2,4051,199238
2+ Races2,3591,914398
Native American43233725
Islander55

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 43.83%.

Rockford Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,450$37,533$26,578
Less Than 9th Grade$20,308$26,190$15,435
High School Graduate$26,594$31,269$22,859
Some College$31,118$39,140$26,587
Bachelors Degree$49,241$55,926$44,064
Graduate Degree$61,754$73,881$56,080

$31,450

Average Earnings

$37,533

Average Male

$26,578

Average Female

Rockford Earnings by Educational Attainment

Rockford Language by Age

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Rockford Language

80.78% of Rockford residents speak only English, while 19.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.69% of the population.

Rockford Language

Rockford Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White97,52812,76913.09%
Black31,38212,14138.69%
Hispanic28,7127,16524.95%
Multiple6,6882,14632.09%
Asian5,29592017.37%
Other4,41771916.28%
Native60424540.56%

20.51%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.84%

Male Poverty Rate

22.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rockford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rockford is Native, with 40.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rockford is White, with 13.09% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.00%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.31%.

Rockford Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.58%
High School17.18%
Some College13.81%
Bachelors or Greater5.60%

Rockford Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed49.88%
Male Unemployed36.04%
Female Employed13.66%
Male Employed8.71%

Rockford Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Rockford Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,556$63,087
Families$56,813$76,602
Married Families$75,257$93,804
Non Families$28,456$39,651
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Income by Household Type

Rockford Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.2%

Male Marriage Rate

39.4%

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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9,481

Number of Veterans

8,720

Male Veterans

761

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,595
Second Gulf War1,164
First Gulf War997
Korea825
World War II615

Rockford Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 742,835
75+2,607
35 to 541,795
55 to 641,689
18 to 34555

Rockford Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White8,0498.23%
Black1,0714.79%
Hispanic4542.52%
2+ Races1695.61%
Asian1303.29%
Other Race441.54%
Native American184.09%

Rockford Veterans by Race

Rockford Veterans by Education

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8.63%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rockford Veterans by Education

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61.6%

Labor Force Participation

55.3%

Employment Rate

10.2%

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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67.75%

Born in Rockford

89.24%

Native Born

10.76%

Foreign Born

6.04%

Non Citizen

4.71%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.24% of Rockford residents were born in the United States, with 67.75% having been born in Illinois. 6.04% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021168,468-756-0.45%
2020169,224-756-0.44%
2019169,980-756-0.44%
2018170,736-754-0.44%
2017171,490-889-0.52%
2016172,379-741-0.43%
2015173,120-1,033-0.59%
2014174,153-1,421-0.81%
2013175,574-744-0.42%
2012176,318-989-0.56%
2011177,307-1,080-0.61%
2010178,3870.00%

Rockford Population by Year