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 Rockford (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 730 2,408 2,665 3,484 4,316 +832 +23.88
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.60 1.28 1.29 1.73 1.73 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,216.7 1,881.3 2,065.9 2,013.9 2,494.8 +480.93 +23.88
Housing Units 229 849 1,016 1,333 1,693 +360 +27.01
Households n/a 805 980 1,296 1,622 +326 +25.15
Persons Per Household n/a 2.99 2.72 2.69 2.66 -0.03 -1.12


Rockford is a city in Hennepin and Wright counties in the state of Minnesota. While Rockford is mainly in Wright County, a small part of the city extends into Hennepin County. Minnesota State Highway 55 serves as a main route in the city. The Crow River is formed at Rockford by the confluence of its North and South Forks. 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 elevation is 915 ft (279 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 4,316 people, 1,622 households, and 1,147 families residing 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.

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The history of Rockford as a settlement began in about 1855, when a campaign was started in St. Paul to lure settlers to the Minnesota territory.

In Illinois, two men – George Ames and Joel Florida – read glowing accounts of this new territory. Married to sisters, the men had already traveled from Maine to Illinois by covered wagon, and they were ready to move again. They planned to locate a townsite and build a water-powered mill. On the boat coming up the Mississippi, they met Vermont native Guilford George. They formed a partnership and arrived at a small settlement on the Crow River called Greenwood in October 1855. Since this townsite at the fork of the Crow had already been platted, the men moved on down river, north to what is now Rockford. There, they met William Frazer, who had already claimed the site, but had tired of the thick timber and thicker mosquitoes. He sold his claim to Ames, while Florida and George also made nearby claims. With winter approaching, George was left at a cabin to guard the claim while the other two went back to civilization to gather a group of settlers.

That winter, the Minnesota Territorial Legislature passed an act calling for the cutting of a road from Minneapolis to Greenwood townsite. In the spring, a road committee – led by Daniel Ross Farnham – set out west from Minneapolis to cut the road. Meanwhile, the Ames-Florida townsite party was also heading west. The two groups met on the trail and the townsite men pitched in to help lay the road. Farnham, Ames and Florida got to know each other and by the time the road reached the Crow, it had angled north, away from Greenwood and directly to the Rockford townsite.

The townsite at the time had no name. Arriving at about the same time was Cyrus C. Jenks who was originally from the Rockford, Ill. With the townsite party divided over naming it either Amesville, to recognize the man who had conceived of the place, or Big Rock, the Indian name for the fork in the Crow, the group finally settled on Jenks’ suggestion…Rockford.

The early years were rough. Land was difficult to clear since this was the heart of the "Big Woods," a thick forest through which it was said light could hardly penetrate. At the onset, grasshopper invasions ruined most of the gardens and crops. There were rumors of Indian attacks, which caused panic among settlers. At one point, a stockade was built around the mill to shelter citizens and arriving refugees from an attack that never materialized. The Civil War, which was raging in 1862, demanded a quota of Minnesota troops and Wright County formed its own company.

But through it all, Rockford survived. Early businesses, notably a sawmill, woolen mill and flourmill, revolved around the river and the mill dam. Additional businesses were gradually added. The railroad came through Rockford in the 1880’s.

And early on, a small miracle may have saved the community. Right after the grasshopper invasions, the citizens were nearly destitute, with no money to pay for land or homes, not to mention food. A Col. Robert Blaine came driving into town and made the local people an offer they thought was insane. He offered to pay five cents a pound for roots…ginseng roots. The roots grow in abundance in the shade of the huge trees making up the Big Woods and they were in great demand in the Orient as a medicine. Soon, nearly everyone was "sanging" for roots. By the time the roots were depleted, many early farms of Rockford Township had been paid off.

Rockford village was formally incorporated October 21, 1881, by an act of the Minnesota Legislature and the first election was held on December 6, 1881.

The community remained small, numbering a few hundred, for most of its existence. In the 1970’s, it first passed 1,000 in population as the Twin Cities suburban area continued to expand and people from this area started to commute to the metropolitan area to work. At that time, a large mobile home community was also started on the southern part of the community. By 1980, the population had more than tripled from a 1970 figure of 730 to 2,408.

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ROCKFORD Township, settled in 1855, organized in 1858, received the name of its city in section 29, with Hennepin County, founded in 1856 at a rocky ford of the Crow River, having its bed strewn with boulders, where a sawmill was built. The city was platted in the spring of 1857 and was incorporated as a village November 21, 1881, and separated from the township on March 25, 1907. The post office began in 1856.

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Railroad bridge and mill dam, Rockford Minnesota, 1912
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Rockford City Hall
6031 Main Street
Rockford, MN 55373
Phone: (763) 477-6565
Fax: (763) 477-4393

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm

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City Hall, Rockford Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Renee Hafften
6320 Maple Street
Rockford, MN 55373
Email (763) 477-4766
City Administrator appointed Dan Madsen
6031 Main Street
Rockford, MN 55373
Email (763) 477-6565
Council Member 12/31/2022 Debbie Buoy
5831 Ash Street
Rockford, MN 55373
Email (763) 477-5756
Council Member 12/31/2022 Scott Seymour 
8000 Meadowood Drive
Rockford, MN 55373
Email (612) 220-4884
Council Member 12/31/2024 Rick Martinson
6051 Terrace Circle
Rockford, MN 55373
Email (612) 875-1356
Council Member 12/31/2024 Denise Willenbring
2008 Little Creek Circle
Rockford, MN 55373
Email (651) 280-0938

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8950 Walnut Street
Rockford, MN
(763) 477-6692
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       9:00 am - 12:30 pm
                        1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 642-6066
Electricity Wright-Hennepin Coop Electric Assn (800) 943-2667
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 269-1114
Wastewater Rockford Municipal (763) 477-4346
Water Rockford Municipal (763) 477-4346
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Charter Communications (800) 581-0081

Major Employers:
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Rockford Public Schools-ISD #883 Elementary & Secondary Schools 205
Wright-Hennepin Coop Electric Assn Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Dist. 180
DiversiFoam Products Chemical & Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 80

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Rockford, MN 55373
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Rockford, MN 55373
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33 2nd Street NE
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