Rockford, MI
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Rockford is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 6,134 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Rockford is the 181st largest community in Michigan.

Rockford real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Rockford house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rockford who work in office and administrative support (15.14%), food service (8.16%), and business and financial occupations (8.10%).

Also of interest is that Rockford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Rockford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Rockford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Rockford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Being a small city, Rockford does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Rockford ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Rockford, 40.36% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Rockford in 2010 was $26,113, which is upper middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,452 for a family of four. However, Rockford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. Important ancestries of people in Rockford include English, Dutch, Irish, and French .

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