Rockton, Illinois

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Rockton is a village in Winnebago County, Illinois, United States located on the banks of the Rock River. It is part of the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,296 at the 2000 census.



Rockton is located at 42°27′3″N 89°3′50″W / 42.45083°N 89.06389°W / 42.45083; -89.06389 (42.450753, -89.063844)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.86%) is water.


Native American tribes originally inhabited the area. Stephen Mack, Jr., who married the Native American woman named Hononegah, is considered the founder of the Rockton area. His original outpost (c. 1830s) became part of an area called Macktown, which would eventually be called Rockton.


As of the census[2] of 2006, there were 7,440 people, 1,930 households, and 1,464 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,505.5 people per square mile (580.9/km²). There were 2,008 housing units at an average density of 570.8/sq mi (220.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.47% White, 0.70% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population.

There were 1,930 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.18.

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