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A+ Rockford Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Rockford Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% lower than Illinois
8317% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Rockford cost of living
F Rockford Crime Total crime is 110% higher than Illinois
Total crime
5,15687% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2087% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Rockford crime
F Rockford Employment Household income is 32% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$40,14327% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,60824% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%81% higher than the US average
Rockford employment
D- Rockford Housing Home value is 48% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$91,40051% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$71924% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%14% lower than the US average
Rockford real estate or Rockford rentals
F Rockford Schools HS graduation rate is 9% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
77%7% lower than the US average
School test scores
23%54% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:125% higher than the US average
Rockford K-12 schools or Rockford colleges

Living in Rockford, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Rockford is a mid-sized city with a population of 149,597 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (66% White). Given that fact, Rockford could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Rockford. With average one way commute time of only 20 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Rockford, Illinois could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Rockford, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like education, employment, housing and more.

Rockford has a livability score of 57/100 and is ranked #1,167 in Illinois and #25,978 in the USA. This is a lower than the US average livability score as Rockford does not rank well for most categories. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Rockford ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). On a more negative note, Rockford does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Rockford has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Anderson Japanese Gardens, Discovery Center Museum, and CoCo Key Water Resort.

Assuming that Rockford meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Rockford. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Rockford are simply unattainable. The median home price for Rockford homes is $91,400, which is 47.7% lower than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Rockford, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 23.3% lower than the Illinois average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Rockford area were 9.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4%.

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What a hellhole!

Wow! This place is unreal. After living in 13 states and countless cities for my job, I've landed in Rockford for a one year assignment. The town is run down and filthy. Crime is out of control, everywhere. It doesn't matter where you go in Rockford, it's bad. A lot of losers here in a hurry to get to their next hit. Most residents seem very angry with a chip on their shoulder ....of course if I had to spend my whole life in this loser town I'd be angry and have a chip on my shoulder too. Very much a town of haves and have-nots; not much in the middle. Jobs are low-paying, rental properties are either very low quality or very over-priced. Anyone who makes decent money moves out to the more rural areas north and east of Rockford to escape the crime. Once my assignment is over I'll move on and erase this hellhole from my memory. For now I just chuckle at those who are stuck here and will spend their days wallowing in their anger and poverty.
  • 0 0
A city of losers

Living in Rockford is like living in Nazi 1945. Enjoy the ruins. City run by corrupt, stupid and foolish people. If you are thinking of moving to Rockford.....pick any other community in the US......and do yourself a favor.....or buy a gun, ready to pay for private school, watch a lot of TV and brain wash yourself into acting and talking like everybody else for fear the wasps attack. A city being run into the ground by the evangelicals and other brain dead people.
  • 4 -3
Been here my whole life

I feel for this city and the people here. The nice parts are nice, but it seems to be quite a pessimistic place. WOULD NOT RAISE FAMILY HERE. There are a lot of weirdos here, but also a lot of really good people. If you do raise your kids here they will be a little more conscious of some of the harder realities of life than kids in other places. Many people who have decent jobs here move to the slightly more rural parts of Belvidere or even Roscoe and seem to have a good setup. If you have the heart to help others... thiis would be a good town to move to.
  • 5 0
Get out of this town while you still can!

This town is racists, homophobic, xenophobic and this town is dead there is creation no ideas I feel everybody here are robots and its constricting you can't breath. No freedom no nothing and there's nothing to do here anyways. My wife and I are in a interracial marriage and we been her for 4 months and nobody wants to talk to us or anything. I feel this town is all black white grey in the middle town. There's in no rainbow no colors no happiness no joy just nothing but doom and gloom depressing. I don't like it here whatsoever. I don't even take the cops seriously here its like they don't care. Also I never been in a town where people work together I feel they're out to get my wife and I because we're in a interracial marriage. We get the stares and the looks and that I'm getting sick and tired of and no thanks with Trump being in office everything went down hill from here. People are just so mean. LGBTQ and women and everybody else has rights. My wife is a transgender woman and we both deserve respect and I'm a proud democrat/liberal.
  • 3 -12
Stay Away Racists town!

This entire city is racists and the old people are the worst of the the bunch have you ever been threatened due to you being in an interracial marriage somebody makes a finger gun is a threat on your life yeah I suggest you stay out if you value your families life stay away to many butt muncher's.. They always like to think they got the upper hand on you but they don't my wife and I have been threatened the entire town works together to evict people the cops are the worst one hour for a domestic dispute the cops bully and harass you this Is a communist state stay away...
  • 2 -10
Rockford, Illinois is corrupt to the core.

I gave Rockford, Illinois a "1" because I was forced to assign a rating, but I actually think this town is worse than a "1". Rockford, Illinois is controlled by a coalition of Italians and Jews who enforce a kind of martial law upon the citizens. There is no justice in Rockford, Illinois, which is appalling because it has a crime rate, as high as the city of Chicago, which is the highest in the country. The Italians in Rockford, Illinois have a stranglehold on the entire city government, and, in conjunction with the Jews, impose a vicious and unfair illegal system on the citizens who are victimized on a daily basis. I would strongly advise against moving to Rockford, Illinois, and also advise against even traveling through Rockford, Illinois. The Jewish-Italian coalition advertises its power and is not shy about its total control of the city. Avoid this town at all costs.
  • 4 -4
a great history but not the place for me

I have lived in Rockford since I was born, so for over 20 years now. I have always been involved in sports including Hockey, cheer-leading, and rugby. My dad always took me to neighborhood things. Now that I am starting my own family, this is not the place I want my child to grow up. The crime is awful and to have fun there aren't many free activities to do. Kids are always dropping out of school and the public school system sucks here. The weather isn't all that great, very cold winters for me! Goodness, don't forget the potholes, don't go without a spare tire in your car! Overall, Rockford does have sports event like the Rockford Icehogs, and sports the park district has are becoming for all kids. Rockford, does have a great place for kids, but i bet there are more bars here than anything. Lots of churches, but our crime rate is high?
  • 1 0
The Wonderful World of Rockford, Illinois

I had the pleasure of staying in Rockford, Illinois for a few days on my way to visit family in Wisconsin last summer. The hotel we booked in Rockford was pretty average. Not really anything special. The thing that stuck with me most about Rockford was a beautiful Japanese garden. It was laid out well, had some nice little waterfalls, and smelled amazing.

Carlyle Brewing Company is another little gem in the city of Rockford. A brewpub with a nice atmosphere, it's very friendly and has a lot of regulars. The beer ranges from watery and flavorless to amazing, asking one of the regulars can get you the best beer you've ever tasted. Every restaurant in Rockford that we tried had amazing food. Even the pizza joints had a lot of personality and offered some of the best pizza I've ever had.

The only problem I really saw with this city was when the lights went down. There were a few areas throughout the city of Rockford that you may want to avoid. I didn't see anything dangerous, but did have that unsafe feeling that you always want to avoid.

But, overall Rockford was a great place to visit and I plan on stopping by the next time I'm in the area.
  • 1 -2
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Source: The Rockford, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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