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Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois not in Chicagoland, and the principal city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. It is the county seat of Winnebago County and is located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois. According to 2010 census data, the City of Rockford had a population of 152,871, with an outlying metropolitan area population of 348,360, which was estimated to have decreased to 150,251 and 344,623, respectively, by July 2013. Settled between 1834 and 1835, Rockford was strategically positioned between Chicago and Galena and thus became suitable for industrial development. Rockford was notable for its output of heavy machinery and tools; by the twentieth century, it was the second leading center of furniture manufacturing in the nation, and 94th largest city. Its decline, emblematic of other cities in the Rust Belt, led to economic diversification into automotive, aerospace, and healthcare industries, as well as the undertaking of various tourism and downtown revitalization efforts. Referred to as the Forest City, Rockford is known for various venues of cultural or historical significance, including Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum, Tinker Swiss Cottage, the BMO Harris Bank Center, the Coronado Theatre, the Laurent House, and the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Its contributions to music are noted in the Mendelssohn Club, the oldest music club in the nation, and performers such as Phantom Regiment and Cheap Trick.


The city of Rockford in Illinois started as a crossing on the Rock River. It gained prominence during the industrial revolution when it produced high quality heavy machinery and tools. Rockford has been blessed with many buildings of architectural beauty. The most prominent example of this is the Lake-Peterson House built using the Gothic Revival technique. The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is constructed in the Swiss style. There are plenty of parks in Rockford. Check out the Rock Cut State Park, the Anderson Japanese Gardens and the Portland Japanese Gardens for a relaxed evening. Museums like the Burpee Museum that deals with natural history, the Discovery Center Museum with science exhibits and the Rockford Art Museum are also worth a visit. Travel to Rockford for a holiday soaked in culture. 

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Facts and Stats for Rockford*

  • Pollution Statistics in Rockford

    Know the pollution level of Rockford before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 35 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 66.67 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 41.67 (Moderate)
  • Rockford: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Rockford for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rockford.

    • Burglary and Theft 63.46 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 79.17 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 88.46 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 65.38 (High)
    • Car Stealing 73.08 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 84.62 (Very High)
    • Attacks 82.69 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 90.38 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 28.85 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 11.54 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 73.08 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 67.31 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 86.54 (Very High)
  • Living in Rockford - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 18.53 (Very Low)
    • Climate Index 57.6 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 55.98 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 63.43 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.12 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Rockford

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rockford

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.36 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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