Rockton, Illinois

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Rockton, Illinois

Introduction to Rockton, Illinois

Rockton, Illinois, in Winnebago county, is 12 miles N of Rockford, Illinois and 71 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The village is included in the Rockford metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 5,296 people lived in Rockton.

Rockton History

Rockton was originally inhabited by Native Americans. Stephen Mack Jr. is the credited founder of the community of Rockton. In the 1840s and 1850s, a large number of French-Canadians moved to Rockton.

Rockton and nearby Attractions

  • Beckman Mill
  • Rock Cut State Park
  • Burpee Museum of Natural History
  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
  • Brodhead Depot Museum
  • Logan Museum of Anthropology

Things To Do In Rockton

Th Beckman Mill, a restored mill dating back to the 1860s, and the Tallman House, an Italian villa constructed by abolitionist W.M. Tallman are each accessible from Rockton. The Burpee Museum of Natural History, the Brodhead Depot Museum, the Midway Village & Museum Center and the Rockford Art Museum are the local museums. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Victorian Golf Course, the Ingersoll Golf Course or at the Turtle Greens Golf Club. The community also celebrates the Rhubarb Fest every May and the Old Settlers Days every July.

Rockton Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Dane County Regional Airport.

Rockton Higher Education

Rock Valley College, Kishwaukee College and the University of Wisconsin are some of the local colleges and universities.

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High Points

Rockton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Rockton Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Rockton People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 16% Rockton College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 19% Rockton Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Rockton, Illinois

Comparing Rockton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Age of the Population 4 4
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 3 2
Racial Diversity 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 6 8
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Public Transportation Use 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 5 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
People Living Alone 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4

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Rockton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles N of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 71 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Winnebago
Metro Area Rockford
Standard Zip Codes 61072
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.452
Longitude -89.072

Rockton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station BELOIT
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches
Station AFTON
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches
Distance 29 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
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Rockton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,296 100%
Male 2,616 49.4%
Female 2,680 50.6%
Under 18 1,648 31.1%
18+ 3,648 68.9%
65+ 520 9.8%
Median Age 35.3
Average Family Size 3.18
White 5,162 97.5%
African-American 37 0.7%
Asian 43 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.1%
Other 24 0.5%
Mixed Race 24 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 81 1.5%

Estimated Rockton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,348
Growth 52
Growth % 1%

Rockton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 29.8%
English 10.6%
Irish 9.3%
Norwegian 8.8%
Italian 6.4%
Polish 6.3%
Swedish 6.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
US/American 4.1%
French (except Basque) 3.1%
Scottish 2.2%
Dutch 1.5%
Danish 1%
French Canadian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
German Russian 0.6%
African 0.5%
Armenian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
British 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Rockton 5,296 $62,863
Caledonia 199 $52,500
Loves Park 20,044 $52,061
Machesney Park 20,759 $53,788
Rockford 150,115 $45,465
Roscoe 6,244 $61,515
South Beloit 5,397 $41,154

Rockton Public Libraries

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101 E. MAIN ST.
Rockton, Illinois
(815) 624-7511
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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