Machesney Park has the 1357th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 2.4% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Machesney Park is part of the Rockford metro area. Unemployment in the Rockford area is 6%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting worse. Rockford has the 148th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Machesney Park is below average at $43,690, and the median cost of a home in Machesney Park is $117,100, which is below the national average. 14% of workers in Machesney Park hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 88% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Machesney Park. 84% of Machesney Park workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 5% walk. People in Machesney Park spend an average of 23 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.