Introduction to Bradley, Illinois

Bradley, Illinois, in Kankakee county, is 28 miles SE of Joliet, Illinois and 50 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Kankakee metropolitan area. There are an estimated 12,784 people in Bradley.

Bradley History

In 1891, the community of North Kankakee was established when the David Bradley Plow Works set up a factory in the area. In 1895, the town was renamed Bradley City, and the name was later changed to Bradley in honor of the company.

Bradley and nearby Attractions

  • Village Square Shopping Center
  • Bradley Public Library
  • Helgesen Park
  • Kankakee County Museum
  • Arcadian Games
  • Bradley First Church of the Nazarene

Things To Do In Bradley

The Village Square Shopping Center is the perfect spot for tourists to find some great deals. Bradley Sports Complex and Arcadian Games both provide ample provisions for a host of outdoor sports and games.

Bradley Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport, located nearby, provides air transportation facilities.

Bradley Higher Education

Olivet Nazarene University and Governors State University provide higher education to the citizens of Bradley.


Total Population 15,822
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,030
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 47.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,085
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,095
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,052


Median Family Income $64,721
% Above Poverty Level 90.9%
% Below Poverty Level 9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $915
Median House Value $131,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.8%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 16.1%

Bradley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles SE of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Kankakee
Standard Zip Codes 60915
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.141
Longitude -87.861

Bradley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station WATSEKA 2 NW
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39.2 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aroma Park 624 $61,500
Bonfield 299 $75,250
Bourbonnais 18,641 $72,963
Chebanse 1,140 $74,375

Bradley Public Libraries

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Bradley, Illinois
(815) 932-6245
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Student/teacher ratio: 20

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