Rockford, IL
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Living in Rockford


Rockford is a relatively large city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 147,651 people and 54 constituent neighborhoods, Rockford is the third largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rockford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rockford is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rockford who work in office and administrative support (13.52%), sales jobs (9.85%), and management occupations (6.64%).

Many people in Rockford take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Rockford citizens for affordable transportation.

The education level of Rockford citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.56% of adults in Rockford have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rockford in 2010 was $22,608, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,432 for a family of four. However, Rockford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rockford is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rockford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rockford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Rockford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.93% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rockford include Irish, Swedish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Rockford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.