Brookfield, Illinois

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Brookfield, Illinois

Introduction to Brookfield, Illinois

Brookfield, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois and 10 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area. Brookfield has a population of 19,085.

Brookfield History

This village was founded by Samuel Eberly Gross in 1889. He acquired land in this area and began selling building lots that were platted from woodlands and farms. This area was originally called Grossdale after its founder. It was incorporated as the village of Grossdale in 1893. In 1905, the residents changed the name to "Brookfield."

Brookfield and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Grossdale Station
  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
  • Bernis Woods North

Things To Do In Brookfield

Brookfield Zoo is a very popular spot among residents and visitors. Brookfield also offers many dining and shopping opportunities. Nature lovers would love the well-maintained parklands and woods in and around the village. There are also several golf courses in the neighborhood.

Brookfield Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport is nearby.

Brookfield Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are available at Morton College, Triton College, Wilbur Wright College and Elmhurst College.

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High Points

Brookfield strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Brookfield Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 11% Brookfield Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Brookfield Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 19% Brookfield College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 19% Brookfield Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Brookfield, Illinois

Comparing Brookfield 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
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Age of the Population 7 6
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 6 6
Racial Diversity 5 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Male Share of the Population 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 4
Average Household Size 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 6 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Housing Recently Built 2 3

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Brookfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60513
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.823
Longitude -87.851

Brookfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
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Brookfield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,085 100%
Male 9,078 47.6%
Female 10,007 52.4%
Under 18 4,553 23.9%
18+ 14,532 76.1%
65+ 2,908 15.2%
Median Age 38
Average Family Size 3.1
White 17,850 93.5%
African-American 169 0.9%
Asian 237 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.1%
Other 550 2.9%
Mixed Race 250 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,537 8.1%

Estimated Brookfield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,462
Growth -623
Growth % -3.3%

Brookfield 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 16.7%
Irish 14.2%
Polish 13.9%
Italian 12.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.9%
Czech 6.9%
English 3.2%
US/American 2.5%
Lithuanian 2.1%
Czechoslovakian 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Dutch 1.3%
Norwegian 1.2%
Swedish 1.1%
Scottish 1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Croatian 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
Yugoslavian 0.8%
Slovak 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Macedonian 0.3%
Albanian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Brookfield 19,085 $64,075
La Grange 15,608 $95,554
La Grange Park 13,295 $76,441
Lyons 10,255 $51,384
North Riverside 6,688 $53,790
Riverside 8,895 $80,146
Westchester 16,824 $70,313

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