Rockford, Illinois, truly possesses the best of big city and small town living. Highly affordable and undeniably family friendly, the city wins awards for its forest preserves, golf courses, sports tournaments/programs and parks. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to the quality of its museums, theaters and other attractions, which provide ample opportunities for leisure and education.
Rockford is one of Illinois’ most populous regions with more than 300,252 people living in or near its borders. The median age of 35 years is slightly younger than the U.S. average of 36.4 years. The family size of 3.26 is slightly higher than the national average of 3.19.
The city encompasses an area of 56.7 square miles and a number of neighboring communities are considered an integral part of the Rockford metro area, including Loves Park, Machesney Park, Belvidere and the villages of Winnebago, Roscoe, Rockton and Cherry Valley.