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Overview

Introduction to Braidwood, Illinois

Braidwood, Illinois, in Will county, is 19 miles S of Joliet, Illinois and 50 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The city's population is 5,203.

Braidwood History

Braidwood was formerly known as Keeversville. In 1864, a farmer discovered coal in the area while digging for water. There were substantial deposits of coal in the community, and number of organizations soon rushed here to set up operations. In 1867, the first post office was established in the area. James Braidwood was an early settler in the area, and the community was named in his honor. Braidwood was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1873.

Braidwood and nearby Attractions

  • Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Kankakee River State Park
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
  • DuSable Museum of African-American History

Things To Do In Braidwood

The Museum of Science and Industry, the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Graue Mill and Museum, the DuSable Museum of African-American History and the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture are all accessible from Braidwood. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Silver Oaks Golf Course, the High Point Golf Club, the Prairie Bluff Public Golf Course or at the Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Course. Other popular attractions include the Fossil Rock Recreation Area, Challenge Park Xtreme, the Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area, and the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area.

Braidwood Transportation

Chicago Midway International is the closest major airport.

Braidwood Higher Education

Joliet Junior College, Olivet Nazarene University and North Central College are among the nearby colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 6,191
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,953
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 54%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,976
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,730

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,982
% Above Poverty Level 90.3%
% Below Poverty Level 9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.9%
Median Gross Rent $866
Median House Value $157,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 22.1%

Braidwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles S of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60408
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.265
Longitude -88.212

Braidwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station GEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Station KANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance 19.4 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 PARK FOREST
Distance 31.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Braceville 831 $56,563
Carbon Hill 404 $62,917
Diamond 2,764 $73,710
Godley 622 $50,556

Braidwood Public Libraries

Library
Fossil Ridge P.l.d.ric
386 KENNEDY ROAD
Braidwood, Illinois
(815) 458-2187

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REED-CUSTER HIGH SCHOOL
249 COMET DR
815-458-2166
Serves 533 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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Depot at Braidwood between 1900 and 1905
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