Rockford, Illinois Population 2021

144,213
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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 144,213, it is the 5th largest city in Illinois (after Chicago, , , and ) and the 186th largest city in the United States . Rockford is currently declining at a rate of -0.48% annually and its population has decreased by -5.66% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 152,871 in 2010. Spanning over 65 miles, Rockford has a population density of 2,240 people per square mile.

The average household income in Rockford is $61,396 with a poverty rate of 22.28%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $772 per month, and the median house value is $91,600. 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: 67.67%
  • Black or African American: 21.64%
  • Two or more races: 4.26%
  • Asian: 3.37%
  • Other race: 2.72%
  • Native American: 0.33%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Rockford, Illinois is 144,213 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 144,213.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 152,871.

Rockford, Illinois Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021334,128-994-0.30%
2020335,122-994-0.30%
2019336,116-994-0.30%
2018337,110-1,084-0.32%
2017338,194-1,441-0.43%
2016339,635-1,092-0.32%
2015340,727-1,682-0.49%
2014342,409-2,283-0.67%
2013344,692-1,127-0.33%
2012345,819-1,954-0.57%
2011347,773-1,411-0.41%
2010349,1840.00%

Rockford Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White99,52167.67%
Black or African American31,82321.64%
Two or More Races6,2724.26%
Asian4,9633.37%
Some Other Race4,0062.72%
American Indian and Alaska Native4790.33%
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

37.2


Total

35.5


Male

39


Female

Rockford Adults

There are 110,387 adults, (24,558 of whom are seniors) in Rockford.

Rockford Age Dependency

71.4

Age Dependency Ratio

28.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Rockford Sex Ratio

Female

76,153

51.78%

Male

70,917

48.22%

Rockford Population by Age

Rockford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Rockford Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female30.7%69.3%
Male43.9%56.1%
Non Family44.3%55.7%
All54.2%45.8%
Married78.6%21.4%

54.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Rockford Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All59,5512.454.2
Non Family24,0501.1644.3
Married21,5683.1478.6
Female10,7023.3630.7
Male3,2313.5443.9

3.11

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

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Rockford Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,8275.98%
9th to 12th Grade9,93510.20%
High School Graduate29,77430.56%
Some College22,34722.94%
Associates Degree7,7837.99%
Bachelors Degree13,28913.64%
Graduate Degree8,4808.70%
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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
White60,88655,12016,497
Black18,52715,0462,570
Hispanic13,3427,796912
Asian3,1802,4651,468
Other Race2,0951,001185
2+ Races1,9231,530315
Native American36730114
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 46.16%.

Rockford Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,714$35,268$26,272
Less Than 9th Grade$19,339$25,431$14,759
High School Graduate$25,976$30,518$22,475
Some College$30,475$36,241$26,551
Bachelors Degree$48,264$52,083$44,553
Graduate Degree$60,534$72,309$53,451

$30,714

Average Earnings

$35,268

Average Male

$26,272

Average Female

Rockford Earnings by Educational Attainment

Rockford Language by Age

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Rockford Language

78.99% of Rockford residents speak only English, while 21.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.02% of the population.

Rockford Language

Rockford Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black31,10312,23239.33%
White76,34810,80614.15%
Hispanic26,7246,61824.76%
Multiple5,9062,11635.83%
Asian4,93091918.64%
Other3,99073918.52%
Native44822850.89%

22.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.63%

Male Poverty Rate

23.81%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Rockford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Rockford is Native, with 50.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Rockford is White, with 14.15% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.68%.

Rockford Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.23%
High School19.57%
Some College15.14%
Bachelors or Greater6.18%

Rockford Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed52.80%
Male Unemployed37.33%
Female Employed14.38%
Male Employed10.03%

Rockford Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Rockford Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$44,252$61,396
Families$53,987$74,366
Married Families$72,852$92,603
Non Families$27,313$38,648
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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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8,057

Number of Veterans

7,437

Male Veterans

620

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,011
Second Gulf War1,003
First Gulf War781
Korea745
World War II596

Rockford Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 742,362
75+2,300
35 to 541,522
55 to 641,374
18 to 34499

Rockford Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,7238.47%
Black1,0194.62%
Hispanic3802.27%
2+ Races1445.58%
Asian1153.20%
Other Race502.05%
Native American61.60%

Rockford Veterans by Race

Rockford Veterans by Education

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9.63%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.10%

Veteran Disability Rate

Rockford Veterans by Education

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61.8%

Labor Force Participation

55.1%

Employment Rate

10.7%

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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66.07%

Born in Rockford

88.16%

Native Born

11.84%

Foreign Born

6.83%

Non Citizen

5.01%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.16% of Rockford residents were born in the United States, with 66.07% having been born in Illinois. 6.83% 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: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021144,213-698-0.48%
2020144,911-698-0.48%
2019145,609-698-0.48%
2018146,307-701-0.48%
2017147,008-788-0.53%
2016147,796-669-0.45%
2015148,465-913-0.61%
2014149,378-1,230-0.82%
2013150,608-650-0.43%
2012151,258-871-0.57%
2011152,129-1,018-0.66%
2010153,1473,0320.20%
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%

Rockford Population by Year