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Rockford, Illinois

Rockford is a city located in Winnebago County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 150,115. It is the county seat of Winnebago County6.

Geography Rockford is located at 42°16'11" North, 89°4'11" West (42.269770, -89.069754)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 146.9 km² (56.7 mi²). 145.1 km² (56.0 mi²) of it is land and 1.8 km² (0.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.25% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 150,115 people, 59,158 households, and 37,328 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,034.8/km² (2,680.4/mi²). There are 63,570 housing units at an average density of 438.2/km² (1,135.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 72.81% White, 17.37% African American, 0.32% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.80% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. 10.18% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 59,158 households out of which 31.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% are married couples living together, 14.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% are non-families. 30.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.09.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $37,667, and the median income for a family is $45,465. Males have a median income of $37,098 versus $25,421 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,781. 14.0% of the population and 10.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.6% are under the age of 18 and 8.0% are 65 or older.

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