Rockford, often nicknamed ‘The Forest City’, is a large city located in Winnebago County in northern Illinois. The city has a lot of history and as a result, there are a number of historic buildings in the city such as Lake-Peterson House, the Erlander Home Museum, Faust Hotel and others. Expats living in Rockford will be able to enjoy the city’s many attractions including the Anderson Japanese Gardens, the Coronado Theater, The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and various others. The city has many retail areas as well as a thriving night scene, whilst there are also a number of golf courses in the area. Expats living in Rockford will find that the city has a number of popular sports such as American football, rugby and ice hockey whilst its most popular sport is baseball, with the local baseball team the Rockford Foresters. And the Rockford Peaches, a past women’s baseball team, were one of the first all-girl baseball teams in the world and even served as inspiration for the film ‘A League of Their Own’.
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Rockford has a low cost of living in comparison to many other large cities in Illinois as well as others in the US. Rockford experiences all four seasons, with generally warm summers and cold winters which often feature snow. Expatriates relocating to Rockford will find that the city is easily connected to the rest of Illinois as well as other states such as Wisconsin and Iowa by road, whilst the city has its own airport (Chicago Rockford International Airport), and an extensive local bus network. The city boasts a number of private and public schools, and there are also private universities located in the city. Any expatriate moving to Rockford seeking further information about the city could benefit from joining InterNations, a fantastic online resource for expats on which users can share information and those new to Rockford may be able to connect with other expatriates in order to help find out about moving to the area.
As a large city, Rockford offers a number of opportunities across a range of different industries. Expatriates working in Rockford may find themselves employed in areas such as education, health and public services whilst some of the largest employers in the city include Chrysler and UTC Aerospace Systems. There are also opportunities for expats in Rockford to work in other areas like finance, law and retail. For more information about finding work in Rockford, expats should join InterNations. On InterNations, they try and get real, valuable information from fellow expats about sourcing work as well as find out other information about expatriation relevant subjects such as transport, housing and international education whilst taking advantage of the other fantastic features this online expat network has to offer.