Reader’s Digest calls Rockford one of the ’15 best places to move in U.S.’

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The consumer magazine Reader’s Digest has listed Rockford as one of it’s “15 best places to move in the U.S.” in a recently published article.

The article highlights small cities and big towns across the United States that are “flying under the radar” and are “the perfect destinations to set-up house and put down roots.”

Rockford is listed alongside cities including Salt Lake City, Utah; Reno, Nevada; Kansas, City, Kansas and Carmel, Indiana.

“Word is getting out and people are noticing that Rockford is on a comeback,” said Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau President & CEO John Groh. “Our community offers acres and acres of forest preserves and parks, numerous museums and bike paths and year-round recreation. We should all be proud to call Rockford region home.”

“We’re excited that a well-known media outlet sees the assets and opportunities, along with the strengths of our community,” said Transform Rockford Executive Director David Sidney. “Being recognized as one of the “15 best places to move to” is another sign of positive transformation our community is experiencing.”

The article says of Rockford: 

Just 90 minutes west of Chicago, Rockford’s small-town charm and unsuspecting, cultural, culinary, and outdoors spaces make it a fun, noteworthy destination for those looking for a truly off-the-beaten-path experience. Among its many charms, you can spend time at one of the nation’s oldest internet cafes, wakeboard at a cable-run wake park, and stroll through one of North America’s top Japanese gardens. Early settlers dubbed Rockford “Forest City,” and nearby are more than 10,000 acres of natural land for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy activities like hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking. The town also recently launched a new convention center, and it’s home to nearly a dozen museums, including the top-ranked family Discovery Center.

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