Latest Data (2018)
Population 146,526
Nationwide Rank 178

Quick Facts

Rockford, Illinois is the 178th largest city in the United States as of 2018.

Rockford, Illinois is a city.

Rockford, Illinois is currently 4.2% smaller than it was in 2010, the year of its peak recorded population.

Rockford, Illinois's growth is extremely below average. 94% of similarly sized cities are growing faster since 2000.

Rockford, Illinois Border Map

Similarly Sized Cities In US

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2018
168 Pasadena, Texas 153,219 7.9%
169 Sunnyvale, California 153,185 16.2%
170 Macon-Bibb County, Georgia 153,095
171 Kansas City, Kansas 152,958 4.2%
172 Pomona, California 152,361 2.8%
173 Escondido, California 152,213 13.3%
174 Killeen, Texas 149,103 65.4%
175 Naperville, Illinois 148,304 14.6%
176 Joliet, Illinois 148,099 36.8%
177 Bellevue, Washington 147,599 31.2%
178 Rockford, Illinois 146,526 -3.4%
179 Savannah, Georgia 145,862 9.8%
180 Paterson, New Jersey 145,627 -2.4%
181 Torrance, California 145,182 5.0%
182 Bridgeport, Connecticut 144,900 3.7%
183 McAllen, Texas 143,433 34.0%
184 Mesquite, Texas 142,816 14.2%
185 Syracuse, New York 142,749 -2.2%
186 Midland, Texas 142,344 49.8%
187 Pasadena, California 141,371 5.0%
188 Murfreesboro, Tennessee 141,344 99.4%

Similarly Sized Cities In Illinois

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2018
118 Aurora 199,602 38.1%
175 Naperville 148,304 14.6%
176 Joliet 148,099 36.8%
178 Rockford 146,526 -3.4%
253 Springfield 114,694 2.1%
265 Elgin 111,683 17.6%
269 Peoria 111,388 -1.4%
377 Champaign 88,029 24.9%
385 Waukegan 86,792 -1.7%
423 Cicero 81,597 -4.5%
447 Bloomington 77,962 18.6%
472 Arlington Heights 75,249 -1.6%
473 Bolingbrook 75,178 31.9%
485 Evanston 74,106 0.0%
489 Schaumburg 73,509 -2.3%

Demographics

Population History

Year Population Rank in US
2018 146,526 178
2017 147,051 177
2016 147,651 175
2015 148,278 175
2014 149,123 171
2013 150,251 164
2012 150,843 160
2011 151,735 159
2010 152,871 156
2009 157,280 149
2008 157,266 146
2007 156,400 145
2006 154,230 145
2005 153,063 145
2004 152,968 145
2003 153,124 141
2002 152,233 141
2001 151,655 139
2000 151,826 137
1990 143,942 124
1970 147,370 92
1960 126,706 98
1930 85,864 100