Rockford, IL
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Rockford is a relatively large city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 148,276 people and 54 constituent neighborhoods, Rockford is the third largest community in Illinois.

Rockford is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.94%), sales jobs (9.46%), and management occupations (6.92%).

The education level of Rockford citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.91% of adults 25 and older in Rockford have a college degree.

The per capita income in Rockford in 2010 was $21,468, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,872 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 17.81% 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 Laotian.