Braidwood, Illinois

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Braidwood, Illinois

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.

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Comparative Profile of Braidwood, Illinois

Comparing Braidwood to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 5 6
Age of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 2
Racial Diversity 2 6
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 7
Median Family Income 7 8
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
College Educated Adults 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Public Transportation Use 3 5
Short Commute Times 2 3
Working at Home 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 9
Affordability of Rents 5 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
People Living Alone 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Braidwood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,203 100%
Male 2,618 50.3%
Female 2,585 49.7%
Under 18 1,533 29.5%
18+ 3,670 70.5%
65+ 460 8.8%
Median Age 34.1
Average Family Size 3.2
White 5,072 97.5%
African-American 14 0.3%
Asian 17 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 41 0.8%
Mixed Race 54 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 147 2.8%

Estimated Braidwood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,320
Growth 1,117
Growth % 21.5%

Braidwood Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 24.8%
Italian 14.1%
Irish 11.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.8%
Polish 7.8%
English 6.2%
US/American 5.7%
Czech 3.8%
Norwegian 3%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
Swedish 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Scottish 1.5%
Slovak 0.8%
Croatian 0.7%
Finnish 0.7%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Austrian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
European 0.5%
Slovene 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Braidwood 5,203 $59,047
Braceville 792 $50,395
Carbon Hill 392 $56,875
Coal City 4,797 $65,509
Diamond 1,393 $49,688
Godley 594 $43,036
Wilmington 5,134 $53,648

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