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Rockford's Main Street, with city hall on the left
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Location of the city of Rockfordwithin Wright and Hennepin Countiesin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of Rockford
within Wright and Hennepin Counties
in the state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Wright, Hennepin
 • Total 2.60 sq mi (6.73 km2)
 • Land 2.53 sq mi (6.54 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
915 ft (279 m)
 • Total 4,316
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,787.41/sq mi (690.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-55006
GNIS feature ID 0650206

Rockford is a city in Wright and Hennepin counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 4,316 at the 2010 census. While Rockford is mainly located within Wright County, a small part of the city extends into Hennepin County. It is part of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan statistical area. Minnesota State Highway 55 serves as a main route in the city.


Rockford was platted in 1857, and named for a nearby rocky ford on the Crow River. A post office has been in operation at Rockford since 1856. Rockford was incorporated in 1881.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.67 square miles (6.92 km2); 2.61 square miles (6.76 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.

The Crow River is formed at Rockford by the confluence of its North and South Forks.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 159
1900 340
1910 287 −15.6%
1920 324 12.9%
1930 287 −11.4%
1940 270 −5.9%
1950 369 36.7%
1960 533 44.4%
1970 730 37.0%
1980 2,408 229.9%
1990 2,665 10.7%
2000 3,484 30.7%
2010 4,316 23.9%
2019 (est.) 4,515 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,316 people, 1,622 households, and 1,147 families living in the city. The population density was 1,653.6 inhabitants per square mile (638.5/km2). There were 1,693 housing units at an average density of 648.7 per square mile (250.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 1,622 households, of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 34.7 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.3% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 6.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.


The main school district is Rockford Public Schools. They include an elementary school (grades preschool to 4th grade) a middle school (grades 5 through 8) and a high school (9th through 12th). The elementary focuses mainly on an arts program, while the middle and high schools put more of an emphasis on technology. The high school has, for the past four years, scored higher than the state average in mathematics. Originally, the Rockford School District was established by the Wright county commissioners on September 6, 1856 and the first school house was constructed by 1860. During the 1960s the school underwent redistricting that gave its current designation as Independent School District # 883.

Notable people

  • Ivan R. Gates, an American aviator and businessman born in Rockford
  • Joel McKinnon Miller, an American actor born in Rockford

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