At the top of Illinois, the City of Rockford is home to 150,000 people who enjoy the small-town benefits of living in a big way. Once known as Midway Village, Rockford sits between Chicago and the Mississippi, within a couple hours of big-city bustle, yet eons from the hassle. World-class attractions and our scenic riverfront invite visitors to discover Rockford. Our friendly, affordable lifestyle entices them to stay a lifetime.
Why? Affordable living in a place where you might just run into a familiar face at the mall or at an outdoor concert. The scenic Rock River running through the beating heart of our resurgent downtown. A newly energized school system ready to rock. Our award-winning symphony, vibrant arts community and outstanding health systems. Proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison without the expense of an overnight stay. A chance to make your mark while making a life. Whatever the reason to choose Rockford, it’s not just a great place to be from. It’s a great place to be.
Rockford is a center of manufacture, employment and commerce for the more than 375,000 residents who live in or near the city. It remains an important manufacturing town with 1,400 companies producing goods in the three-county area of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle. It's a world leader in the manufacture of machine tools and auto parts and is increasingly becoming recognized as an important center for aerospace components.
Housing is plentiful and varied in Rockford. The city offers an inexpensive urban alternative and consistently ranks in the top five among metropolitan areas in the United States for most affordable housing.
Quality health care is a top priority. Rockford is home to three major health systems and is a regional hub of health services for the 10-country area of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
Recognizing education as the key to the future of Rockford, the public school district offers some of the most state-of-the-art facilities and most innovative programs in the region. It covers a 170-square-mile territory and serves more than 28,000 students. The area also offers a wide variety of higher learning and technical training opportunities with more than 45 institutions of higher education within 75 miles of Rockford and six accredited institutions in Rockford alone.