Immigration and Industry: The Rockford Connection. Created and Compiled By: Judy Vinzant. The Swedish Population. Some of the first immigrants to come to Rockford were the Swedes, who arrived in Rockford in August of 1852.
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By 1900, Rockford’s population had reached 31,051.
Winnebago County had a total of 12,318 immigrants living there.
If all of the Winnebago County immigrants lived in Rockford, they would comprise 40% of Rockford’s population.
Most Winnebago Country immigrants were of Swedish and German decent.City of Immigrants = Rockford, IL.