Rockford, IL

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Population

337,658

0.187% decline

Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$55,829

0.622% growth

Poverty Rate

14.5%


Number of Employees

162,680

2.66% growth

Median Property Value

$127,100

4.61% growth

About

In 2018, Rockford, IL had a population of 338k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $55,829. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Rockford, IL declined from 338,291 to 337,658, a -0.187% decrease and its median household income grew from $55,484 to $55,829, a 0.622% increase.

The population of Rockford, IL is 69% White Alone, 14.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 11% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Rockford, IL speak a non-English language, and 95.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rockford, IL are Rock Valley College (1,749 degrees awarded in 2017), Rasmussen College-Illinois (648 degrees), and Rockford University (348 degrees).

The median property value in Rockford, IL is $127,100, and the homeownership rate is 68.9%. Most people in Rockford, IL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Rockford, IL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Rockford, IL employs 163k people. The largest industries in Rockford, IL are Manufacturing (39,881 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (20,696 people), and Retail Trade (16,068 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,843), Public Administration ($59,959), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,407).

Median household income in Rockford, IL is $55,829. Males in Rockford, IL have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,889. The income inequality in Rockford, IL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,829

2018 value

± $2,359

0.622%

1 Year Growth

± 5.09%

Households in Rockford, IL have a median annual income of $55,829, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,484 in 2017, which represents a 0.622% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,413

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$55,889

Average Female Salary

± $913

In 2018, full-time male employees in Illinois made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Illinois by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $70,233 ± $3,218

  2. White

    $60,032 ± $826

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $53,351 ± $34,221

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Illinois workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.17 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Illinois by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rockford, IL is from Illinois.

0.48

2018 Wage GINI

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.354% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Illinois was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Illinois across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rockford, IL was DuPage County, IL with a value of $93,750, followed by Kendall County, IL and Lake County, IL, with respective values of $89,862 and $87,133.

The following map shows all of the counties in Rockford, IL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rockford, IL (48.8k out of 336k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    29,490 ± 1,209

  2. Black

    13,545 ± 724

  3. Hispanic

    9,827 ± 692

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rockford, IL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

163k

2018 Value

± 6,458

2.66%

1 Year growth

± 5.39%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Rockford, IL grew at a rate of 2.66%, from 158k employees to 163k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rockford, IL, are Production Occupations (23,165 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,829 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,513 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rockford, IL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rockford, IL, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (23,165 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,829 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,513 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Rockford, IL has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.61 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.3 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rockford, IL, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($126,958), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($79,975), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,231).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

163k

2018 Value

± 6,458

2.66%

1 Year growth

± 5.39%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Rockford, IL grew at a rate of 2.66%, from 158k employees to 163k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rockford, IL, are Manufacturing (39,881 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (20,696 people), and Retail Trade (16,068 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rockford, IL, though some of these residents may live in Rockford, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Rockford, IL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (39,881 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (20,696 people), and Retail Trade (16,068 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Rockford, IL has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.52 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.2 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.09 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rockford, IL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($83,843), Public Administration ($59,959), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,407).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $82.9B

  2. $78.3B

  3. $75B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $82.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($78.3B) and Gasoline ($75B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Illinois products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$952B

2020 Value

$1.31T

Projected 2045 Value

37.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Illinois trade was $952B. This is expected to increase 37.7% to $1.31T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Illinois trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $69.2B

  2. $54.7B

  3. $36.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $69.2B, followed by Wisconsin with $54.7B and Michigan and $36.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Illinois shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.1% of the population of Rockford, IL has health coverage, with 44.9% on employee plans, 23.4% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 1.31% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Rockford, IL was $8,262 in 2014. This is a 4.44% increase from the previous year ($7,911).

Primary care physicians in Rockford, IL see 1240 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.322% decrease from the previous year (1244 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1332 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 526 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.7%). Additionally, Stephenson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,240 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Illinois see an average of 1,240 patients per year. This represents a 0.322% decrease from the previous year (1,244 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,262

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,875

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$4,959

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,116

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Illinois (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.44%, from $7,911 to $8,262.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.94%

Uninsured

44.9%

Employer Coverage

23.4%

Medicaid

13.3%

Medicare

11.1%

Non-Group

1.31%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rockford, IL grew by 20.1% from 4.94% to 5.94%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rockford, IL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.7% prevalence

  2. 12.7% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Illinois, at 12.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Illinois by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Rockford, IL is home to a population of 338k people, from which 95.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.67% of Rockford, IL residents were born outside of the country (29.3k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Rockford, IL is composed of 233k White Alone residents (69%), 49.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (14.6%), 37k Black or African American Alone residents (11%), 9.18k Asian Alone residents (2.72%), 8.58k Two or More Races residents (2.54%), 302 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0894%), 181 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0536%), and 66 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0195%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Rockford, IL was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Rockford, IL are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Rockford, IL residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.67%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

29.3k people

8.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

28.9k people

As of 2017, 8.67% of Rockford, IL residents (29.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rockford, IL was 8.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    642,065 ± 19,171 people

  2. India

    174,548 ± 10,187 people

  3. Poland

    126,880 ± 8,702 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 642,065 Illinois residents, followed by India with 174,548 and Poland with 126,880.

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Citizenship

95.2%

2018 Citizenship

95%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.2% of Rockford, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Rockford, IL was 95%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    233k ± 207

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    49.3k ± 3.1k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    37k ± 1.79k

In 2018, there were 4.73 times more White Alone residents (233k people) in Rockford, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 49.3k Hispanic or Latino and 37k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Rockford, IL as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,213 ± 1,125

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,209 ± 938

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,541 ± 871

Rockford, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Rockford, IL awarded 3,303 degrees. The student population of Rockford, IL is skewed towards women, with 3,876 male students and 6,446 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rockford, IL are White (2,239 and 68.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (417 and 12.7%), Black or African American (346 and 10.6%), and Unknown (126 and 3.84%).

The largest universities in Rockford, IL by number of degrees awarded are Rock Valley College (1,749 and 53%), Rasmussen College-Illinois (648 and 19.6%), and Rockford University (348 and 10.5%).

The most popular majors in Rockford, IL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (612 and 18.5%), Registered Nursing (335 and 10.1%), and Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (230 and 6.96%).

The median tuition costs in Rockford, IL are $27,073 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 199 degrees awarded

  2. 155 degrees awarded

  3. 612 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Rockford, IL was Biological & Physical Sciences with 199 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Rockford, IL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,749 degrees awarded

  2. 648 degrees awarded

  3. 348 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$27,073

Median Private

In 2017, the Rockford, IL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Rock Valley College with 1,749 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,097

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,206

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,097 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rockford, IL, which is 0.497 times less than the 2,206 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Rockford, IL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,239 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    417 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    346 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Rockford, IL were to White students. These 2,239 degrees mean that there were 5.37 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 417 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rockford, IL was $127,100 in 2018, which is 0.553 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $121,500 to $127,100, a 4.61% increase. The homeownership rate in Rockford, IL is 68.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rockford, IL have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rockford, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$127,100

2018 Median

± $4,401

$121,500

2017 Median

± $3,714

In 2018, the median property value in Rockford, IL grew to to $127,100 from the previous year's value of $121,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rockford, IL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rockford, IL the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$55,829

Median Household Income

± $2,359

133k

Number of Households

± 5,445

In 2018, the median household income of the 133k households in Rockford, IL grew to $55,829 from the previous year's value of $55,484.

The following chart displays the households in Rockford, IL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Rockford, IL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rockford, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.9%

2018 Homeownership

69%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 68.9% of the housing units in Rockford, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Rockford, IL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rockford, IL have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.84% of the workforce in Rockford, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.4%

  2. Carpooled

    10.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.51%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Rockford, IL was Drove Alone (81.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.8%) and those who Worked At Home (4.51%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Rockford, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Rockford, IL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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