Profile for Rockford, Illinois, IL
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Rockford is a city in Winnebago County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the place where the stagecoach crossed the Rock River.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Rockford. For links to other places called Rockford, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Rockford is 42.271N. The longitude is -89.093W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 715 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 151,725.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Rockford demographic reports
Rockford is on the Rock River, near the Wisconsin border.
The community was settled by New Englanders in the 1830s.
Rockford developed as an industrial community because of an abundance of water power.
Public transportation: Rockford Mass Transit District (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 12. The violent crime rate was per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Groundhog Day"
Well-known residents have included:
· Stewart Brand, editor, writer
· Janice Voss, astronaut
· Barbara Hale, actress (Della Street on the Perry Mason TV series)
Local bands (past and present) have included Cheap Trick
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Sock Monkey Festival - March 10-11, 2007
- Polish Fest - Aug. 19, 2007
- Greenwich Village Art Fair - Sept. 15-16, 2007
- BookerFest - Aug. 11, 2007
- World War II Days - Sept. 22-23, 2007
- Hispanic Heritage Festival - Sept. 15-16, 2007
- Paleofest - Feb. 17-18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Rockford web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Rock Cut State Park, Sinnissippi Park
Rockford attractions: Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Sports teams: Rockford IceHogs (United Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: Burpee Museum of Natural History, Discovery Center Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Ethnic Heritage Museum, Midway Village & Museum Center
Colleges and universities:
Rockford College, Rock Valley College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 90
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Ancestry & family history
18% of Rockford residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rockford ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rockford was $19,781, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Rockford residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Rockford festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Sock Monkey Festival - M
- Paleofest - F
- BookerFest - A
- Polish Fest - A
- World War II Days - S
- Greenwich Village Art Fair - S
- Hispanic Heritage Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Rockford festival web sites:
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Median rent in Rockford, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $423. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $917.
Libraries in Rockford include Lewis Lemon, Montague, Northeast, Rock River, Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre ... View libraries
Newspapers in Rockford include Rockford Register Star
TV stations in Rockford include WQFL-CA, WQRF, WREX, WTVO.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WNIJ.
Winnebago County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rockford political report.
The average commute time for Rockford workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 30 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Rockford between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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