The reason I bring this up is that I recently got an email from a guy...let's just call him Gary (because that's actually his name), who had just found out that a package he ordered had been delivered to Rockford. Not our Rockford, as in Rockford, Illinois, but Rockford, Michigan.

In his email, Gary explained that he had no idea that there was any other Rockford than the one right here in Northern Illinois, saying  "Well, at least I didn't know until I ran the tracking number on a package I had recently ordered. My email confirmation said that it had been delivered to me, but it wasn't. It turns out that it was nearly 300 miles from here, in Rockford, Michigan. You and Joe seem to know everything, so how the hell many Rockfords are there?"

The first thought I had was that anyone who thinks that Joe and I know everything probably doesn't get out too much. The second thought was that I needed to know the answer to his question, so I did some searching.

Large and detailed map of Coosa county in Alabama, USA.
It could have been worse. Gary's package could've gone to Rockford, Alabama. (Getty Images)

Would You Be Surprised To Know That There Are Almost 20 Different Places In The Country That Are Named Rockford (or have Rockford in their name)?

I found out in short order that our Rockford is one of many, although we are the largest municipality to carry the name Rockford. So, regardless of how many other Rockfords there are, we're the big guy. I know it, you know it, and the American people know it.

Water wheel mill, Rockford, Illinois.
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After that, it seems as though there is more than one answer to the question, although more than 15, but less than 20 is a pretty good estimate. Here are all the Rockfords I could find:

  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Rockford, Alabama
  • Rockford, Iowa
  • Rockford, Idaho
  • Rockford, Indiana
  • Rockford, Michigan
  • Rockford, Kansas
  • Rockford, Minnesota
  • Rockford, Missouri
  • Rockford, North Carolina
  • Rockford, Nebraska
  • Rockford, Ohio
  • Rockford, Oregon
  • Rockford, South Dakota
  • Rockford, Tennessee
  • Rockford, Texas
  • Rockford, Washington
  • Rockford, West Virginia

There are also places like Rockford Bay, Idaho, and Rockford Beach, Missouri. If you'd like, you can also grab your passport and visit Rockford in Hampshire, England (founded all the way back in the 10th century), and Rockford, New Zealand.

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