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The Rockford area offers the best of both worlds in its quality of life—access to the nearby cities of Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, with all of the comforts of a mid-sized community. One reason Rockford area is so “livable” is in the affordability of its housing—a key to achieving the American dream. According to the National Association of Home Builders, Rockford has ranked number one as the most affordable metro area five times.

In early 2009, the average sale price for an existing single-family home in Rockford was $87,239, compared to $297,599 in Chicago, $232,421 in Illinois and $234,382 in the U.S. overall.

Rockford also has an affordable cost of living, especially when compared to nearby Chicago. A recent study placed Rockford at 94 for its cost of living index based on grocery, housing, utility, transportation and healthcare costs, compared to Chicago’s 110 cost of living index.

The city has its share of charming traditional neighborhoods, lined with trees and dotted with charming neighborhood parks. It also has new housing, apartment and condominium developments, particularly on its north and east sides. Downtown and in the city’s historic Midtown District, many older homes and office buildings are being renovated, and often the demand for the trendy converted urban lofts and townhouses, condominiums and rental units exceeds the supply.

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