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Overview

Introduction to Rockford, Illinois

Rockford is a city located in northern Illinois about 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Sitting on the banks of the Rock River, Rockford serves as the county seat of Winnebago County and is one of the state's largest cities. Located at the intersection of Interstates I-39, I-90, and U.S. Route 20, Rockford is serviced by Chicago/Rockford International Airport (formerly known as the Greater Rockford Airport). The city is home to Rockford College, as well as Judson College, Rock Valley College, and a satellite campus of Northern Illinois University. Nicknamed the Forest City, Rockford has been long known for its abundance of elm trees.

Founded in 1834 by Germanicus Kent, Rockford was originally known as the village of Midway due to its location midway between Chicago and Kent's hometown of Galena. In 1837 the community's name was officially changed to Rock Ford and in 1852 Rockford was incorporated as a city. The arrival of the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad was an early catalyst for the region's economic growth, which continued for several decades. By the turn of the century, Rockford was recognized as a significant industrial and manufacturing center and home to many nationally known manufacturers. Although the city's industry took a major hit during the decades following World War II, the economy in recent years has rebounded, and today features an abundance of professional and business services, making the city a thriving commercial center as well as a cultural and entertainment hub.

Rockford Art, Culture and Entertainment

Rockford is home to several museums and performing arts venues and its surrounding area is known as an outdoor destination. The Burpee Museum of Natural History chronicles animals, rocks and minerals, fossils, and native peoples with exhibits in a facility connected to Riverfront Museum Park. The Discovery Center Museum features a planetarium and both permanent and traveling exhibits. The Erlander Home Museum is the cultural centerpiece of the city's Swedish-ancestry community, and the Ethnic Heritage Museum relates the history of the six ethnic groups that settled in early Rockford (Irish, Italians, African-Americans, Polish, Lithuanians, and Hispanics). The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents an annual concert series by local and world-renowned artists, and the New American Theater is a regional professional theater which offers an annual season of productions including a Christmas performance. The Rock River, which runs through the heart of Rockford, provides a continuous source of recreation for the Rockford community, including a bike path spanning several miles and water sports such as boating, canoeing, fishing and water skiing. "On the Waterfront" is the name of Illinois' largest music festival. This nationally acclaimed event encompasses over 30 blocks of downtown Rockford each Labor Day weekend, bringing together food, fun, and music to satisfy everyone's tastes.

Sports fans have many choices in Rockford. The Rockford Riverhawks are an independent minor league baseball team competing in the Frontier League. The Riverhawks carry the banner for the city's storied baseball history, which includes a team (the Forest Citys) established soon after the Civil War and the Rockford Peaches, a 1940s team playing in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Other former pro baseball franchises playing in Rockford include the Expos, Royals, Cubbies, and Reds. Hockey fans can root for the Rockford Icehogs, a member of the United Hockey League, who play at the city's MetroCentre. Also playing at the MetroCentre are the Rock River Raptors, a professional indoor football team playing in the United Indoor Football (UIF) league. Ironically, Rockford was the site of the first-ever Arena Football game when the Rockford Metros played a "playtest game" in 1986. Another Rockford present-day sports team is the Rockford Thunder, an indoor soccer team, which belongs to the American Indoor Soccer League (AISL).

Demographics

People

Total Population149,597
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens15%
Employed Population 16+61,449
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married40.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.6%
Median Earnings25+$29,841
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,474
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,590

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,365
% Above Poverty Level77.3%
% Below Poverty Level22.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone33.3%
Median Gross Rent$719
Median House Value$91,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.3%
Irish9.8%
Swedish6.5%
Italian6.3%
English5.8%
Polish3%
Norwegian2.3%
French Except Basque1.7%
Dutch1.5%
African0.9%
Scottish0.8%
Arab0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Russian0.3%
Latvian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Sudanese0.1%
German0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Albanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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Rockford Almanac

CategoryValue
County Winnebago County
Standard Zip Codes61101, 61102, 61104, 61107, 61108, 61109, 61112, 61114, 61103
P.O. Box Zip Codes61105, 61106, 61110, 61125, 61126
Phone Area Codes779,815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.35
Approximate Longitude-89.15

Rockford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationROCKFORD AP
Distance4.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 27 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.6 inches
StationBELOIT
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp12 to 27 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip35.2 inches
StationAFTON
Distance23.9 miles
Jan Temp9 to 27 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip32.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cherry Valley3,129$79,297
Davis Junction2,439$70,761
Loves Park24,499$61,569
Machesney Park23,002$62,521
Roscoe10,666$84,538

Rockford Public Libraries

Rockford Public Library
215 NORTH WYMAN STREET
Rockford, Illinois
(815) 965-7606

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Rockford Hospitals

Van Matre Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
950 S. Mulford Road
(815) 381-8548
Swedish American Hospital
(Non-profit)
1401 East State Street
(815) 968-4400
Saint Anthony Medical Center
(Non-profit)
5666 East State Street
(815) 226-2000
Rockford Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
2400 North Rockton Avenue
(815) 968-6861

Rockford Public Schools

Auburn High School
5110 Auburn St
ZIP: 61101
(815) 966-3300
High
Total Enrollment 1877
Conklin Elem School
3003 Halsted Rd
ZIP: 61101
(815) 654-4860
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Galapagos Rockford Charter Sch
2605 School St
ZIP: 61101
(815) 708-7946
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
Kennedy Middle School
520 N Pierpont Ave
ZIP: 61101
(815) 654-4880
Middle
Total Enrollment 556
Lewis Lemon Elementary
1993 Mulberry St
ZIP: 61101
(815) 967-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Mcintosh Elementary
525 N Pierpont Ave
ZIP: 61101
(815) 966-3275
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Reg'l Learning Academy Star Winn
5949 Safford Rd
ZIP: 61101
(815) 227-8495
Other
Total Enrollment 83
Reg'l Learning Center Star Winn
5949 Safford Rd
ZIP: 61101
(815) 227-8495
High
Total Enrollment 2
Regional Alternative School
5949 Safford Rd
ZIP: 61101
(815) 227-8495
High
Total Enrollment 79
Summerdale Early Childhood Center
3320 Glenwood Ave
ZIP: 61101
(815) 966-3750
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Wilson Aspire
520 N Pierpont Ave
ZIP: 61101
(815) 966-3770
High
Total Enrollment 31
Barbour Two-way Lang Immersion
1506 Clover Ave
ZIP: 61102
(815) 966-3395
Primary
Total Enrollment 684
Dennis Early Childhood Center
730 Lincoln Park Blvd
ZIP: 61102
(815) 490-5410
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Ellis Arts Academy
222 S Central Ave
ZIP: 61102
(815) 966-3909
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Julia Lathrop Elem School
2603 Clover Ave
ZIP: 61102
(815) 966-3285
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
King Elementary School
1421 West St
ZIP: 61102
(815) 966-3740
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
Legacy Acad Of Excellence Charter Sch
4029 Prairie Rd
ZIP: 61102
(815) 961-1100
Other
Total Enrollment 315
Rockford Envrnmntl Science Acad
1800 Ogilby Rd
ZIP: 61102
(815) 489-5509
Middle
Total Enrollment 1004
Washington Academy
1421 West St
ZIP: 61102
(815) 966-3370
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Haskell Academy
515 Maple St
ZIP: 61103
(815) 966-3355
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Montessori Elementary School
4704 N Rockton Ave
ZIP: 61103
(815) 654-4906
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
R K Welsh Elem School
2100 Huffman Blvd
ZIP: 61103
(815) 966-3260
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Roosevelt Center
978 Haskell Ave
ZIP: 61103
(815) 966-3265
High
Total Enrollment 402
Thurgood Marshall School
4664 N Rockton Ave
ZIP: 61103
(815) 490-5400
Middle
Total Enrollment 556
Walker Elem School
1520 Post Ave
ZIP: 61103
(815) 966-3795
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
West Middle School
1900 N Rockton Ave
ZIP: 61103
(815) 966-3200
Middle
Total Enrollment 859
West View Elem School
1720 Halsted Rd
ZIP: 61103
(815) 654-4945
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Abraham Lincoln Middle School
1500 Charles St
ZIP: 61104
(815) 229-2400
Middle
Total Enrollment 687
Beyer Elem School
333 15th Ave
ZIP: 61104
(815) 966-3390
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
John Nelson Elem School
623 15th St
ZIP: 61104
(815) 229-2190
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Kishwaukee Elem School
526 Catlin St
ZIP: 61104
(815) 966-3380
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Brookview Elem School
1750 Madron Rd
ZIP: 61107
(815) 229-2492
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
C Henry Bloom Elem School
2912 Brendenwood Rd
ZIP: 61107
(815) 229-2170
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
Cics Jackson
315 Summit St
ZIP: 61107
(815) 316-0093
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
Eisenhower Middle School
3525 Spring Creek Rd
ZIP: 61107
(815) 229-2450
Middle
Total Enrollment 756
Marsh Elementary School
2021 Hawthorne Dr
ZIP: 61107
(815) 229-2430
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Maud E Johnson Elem School
3805 Rural St
ZIP: 61107
(815) 229-2485
Primary
Total Enrollment 470
A C Thompson Elem School
4949 Marion Ave
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-2830
Primary
Total Enrollment 292
Bernard W Flinn Middle School
2525 Ohio Pkwy
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-2800
Middle
Total Enrollment 1007
Fairview Center
512 Fairview Ave
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-4230
Primary
Total Enrollment 741
Gregory Elem School
4820 Carol Ct
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-2176
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Rockford East High School
2929 Charles St
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-2100
High
Total Enrollment 1905
Rolling Green
3615 W Gate Pkwy
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-2881
Primary
Total Enrollment 754
White Swan Elem School
7550 Mill Rd
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-2184
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Whitehead Elem School
2325 Ohio Pkwy
ZIP: 61108
(815) 229-2840
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Arthur Froberg Elem School
4555 20th St
ZIP: 61109
(815) 874-2464
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Jefferson High School
4145 Samuelson Rd
ZIP: 61109
(815) 874-9536
High
Total Enrollment 1704
Riverdahl Elem School
3520 Kishwaukee St
ZIP: 61109
(815) 229-2870
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Swan Hillman Elem School
3701 Green Dale Dr
ZIP: 61109
(815) 229-2835
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Wm Nashold Elem School
3303 20th St
ZIP: 61109
(815) 229-2155
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Clifford P Carlson Elem School
4015 Pepper Dr
ZIP: 61114
(815) 654-4955
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Guilford High School
5620 Spring Creek Rd
ZIP: 61114
(815) 654-4870
High
Total Enrollment 1670
Spring Creek Elem School
5222 Spring Creek Rd
ZIP: 61114
(815) 654-4960
Primary
Total Enrollment 394

Rockford Private Schools

Berean Baptist Christian School
5626 Safford Rd
ZIP: 61101
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 198
Rock River Academy
3445 Elmwood Rd
ZIP: 61101
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Rockford Lutheran Academy
4700 Augustana Dr
ZIP: 61101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 206
St Paul Lutheran School
811 Locust St
ZIP: 61101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
St Paul Cogic Academy
1001 Bishop Washington Ave
ZIP: 61102
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Boylan Catholic High School
4000 Saint Francis Dr
ZIP: 61103
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1152
Spectrum School
2909 N Main St Ste 2
ZIP: 61103
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 206
St Bernadette Catholic School
2300 Bell Ave
ZIP: 61103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 180
St Peter Cathedral
1231 N Court St
ZIP: 61103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 186
Lydia Urban Academy-rockford
2323 S 6th St
ZIP: 61104
Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Alpine Christian School
325 N Alpine Rd
ZIP: 61107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
Holy Family Catholic School
4407 Highcrest Rd
ZIP: 61107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 448
Keith Country Day School
1 Jacoby Pl
ZIP: 61107
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 266
Rockford Christian Schools
1401 N Bell School Rd
ZIP: 61107
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1198
St James Catholic School
409 N 1st St
ZIP: 61107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 213
Alpine Academy
5001 Forest View Ave
ZIP: 61108
Elementary
Total Enrollment 87
Montessori Private Academy
8101 Sayer Rd
ZIP: 61108
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
Cathedral Baptist School
5622 35th St
ZIP: 61109
Elementary
Total Enrollment 141
Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy
3218 11th St
ZIP: 61109
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Rockford Iqra' School
5925 Darlene Dr
ZIP: 61109
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 101
St Edward School
3020 11th St
ZIP: 61109
Elementary
Total Enrollment 191
St Rita School
6284 Valley Knoll Dr
ZIP: 61109
Elementary
Total Enrollment 222
Allegro Academy
6413 Forest Hills Rd
ZIP: 61114
Elementary
Total Enrollment 63
Christian Life Schools
5950 Springcreek Rd
ZIP: 61114
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 599
Rockford Lutheran School - Jr/sr High School
3411 N Alpine Rd
ZIP: 61114
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 596
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