Rock Island Demographics

Like all of the Quad Cities, the riverside community of Rock Island, Illinois is culturally diverse. The descendants of European immigrants live and work alongside newcomers to America from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Rock Island takes a little of its unique character from each of its communities. This creates a modern, cosmopolitan living experience that is fully grounded in the values of the American Midwest.

Rock Island, IL, Total Population (2007): 38,000+

In spite of a population topping 38,000, Rock Island maintains a small town feel. Homes for sale in Rock Island neighborhoods often have pleasant yards or grounds attached to the properties, giving plenty of space to live and play. In the greater Rock Island county area, residents enjoy a country lifestyle while never being too far away from the amenities of the Quad Cities.

Rock Island Races and Cultures

The majority of Rock Island’s residents are white, and of those, most trace their ancestry back to the German and Irish immigrants who settled the Mississippi river valley in the mid-1800’s. One in five Rock Island citizens are African Americans, and the city also has a strong Hispanic community.

Rock Island Gender and Age

Recent census data for Rock Island and its surrounding communities shows women slightly outnumbering men. The median age for Rock Island residents is just over 36, slightly older than the median age for all Illinois residents.

Rock Island Incomes and Costs of Living

Rock Island, Illinois enjoys a significantly lower cost of living compared to the rest of the United States. Residents have slightly lower incomes than the Illinois state average. Major employers in Rock Island include manufacturing facilities, shipping facilities, hospitals, universities and city governments. Commute times are generally short in Rock Island, around 15 minutes to a half an hour for most workers.

Rock Island Home Values

The median closing prices of homes for sale in Rock Island have hovered between $80,000 and $120,000. The Rock Island real estate market is diverse, with opportunities for almost every type of home buyer. Single family homes, condominium units, lofts, studios and multiple unit dwellings are all found in the Rock Island real estate listings.