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Rock Island Demographics
The City of Rock Island is located in western Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River. Rock Island is situated in the southwest corner of the Quad Cities region, 165 miles west of Chicago, and midway between Minneapolis and St. Louis.

Demographics
  • Population: 39,018
  • Median age: 36.7
  • Race:
    • White - 77.5%
    • Black / African-American - 18.2%
    • Hispanic - 8.8%
    • Asian - 1.5%

Housing

  • Total housing units: 16,929
  • Occupied: 89.1%
  • Owner-occupied: 67.8%

Education
  • Population enrolled in school (ages three and over): 10,379
  • High school diploma or higher: 84.2%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 22.5%
  Employment
  • Median household income: $43,558
  • Labor force population (ages 16 and older): 19,527 (64.1%)
  • Unemployment rate: 8.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 16.5 minutes
  • Top industries:
    • Educational services
    • Health care
    • Social assistance
    • Manufacturing
    • Retail trade
    • Arts
    • Entertainment
    • Recreation
    • Accommodation
    • Food services

For more information about Rock Island demographics, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder website.