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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,596
Male Share of the Population45.7%
Female Share of the Population54.3%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+3,682
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married56.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.2%
Median Earnings25+$46,185
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,192

Wealth

Median Family Income$88,846
% Above Poverty Level97.2%
% Below Poverty Level2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone23.1%
Median Gross Rent$722
Median House Value$159,300

Ancestry

German34.6%
Irish15.5%
Italian11.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.7%
English7.4%
Swedish6.6%
Polish6.3%
Norwegian4.7%
Russian2.7%
Danishn2.7%
French Except Basque2.1%
Dutch1.9%
Czech1.8%
Swiss1%
Serbian0.9%
Lithuanian0.9%
Scottish0.8%
Hungarian0.7%
Albanian0.5%
Portuguese0.3%
Greek0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Rockton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Winnebago County
Standard Zip Codes61072
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.44
Approximate Longitude-89.06

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)

StationBELOIT
Distance3.8 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
Distance11.4 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
StationFREEPORT WASTE WTR PLT
Distance29 miles
Jan Temp9 to 25 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Caledonia232$87,500
Loves Park24,499$61,569
Machesney Park23,002$62,521
Rockford149,597$49,365
Roscoe10,666$84,538

Rockton Public Libraries

Talcott Free Library District
101 EAST MAIN STREET
Rockton, Illinois
(815) 624-7511

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Rockton Public Schools

Hononegah High School
307 Salem St
ZIP: 61072
(815) 624-5005
High
Total Enrollment 2081
Rockton Elem School
1050 E Union St
ZIP: 61072
(815) 624-8585
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Stephen Mack Middle School
11810 Old River Rd
ZIP: 61072
(815) 624-2611
Middle
Total Enrollment 545
Whitman Post Elem School
1060 E Union St
ZIP: 61072
(815) 624-4006
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
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