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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 7,567
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,786
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 52.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.5%
Median Earnings25+ $40,408
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $45,870
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,304

Wealth

Median Family Income $89,291
% Above Poverty Level 94.7%
% Below Poverty Level 5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.2%
Median Gross Rent $680
Median House Value $160,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 17.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station FREEPORT WASTE WTR PLT
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caledonia 219 $73,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rockton Public Libraries

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101 E. MAIN ST.
Rockton, Illinois
(815) 624-7511
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HONONEGAH HIGH SCHOOL
307 SALEM ST
815-624-5005
Serves 1,855 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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