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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,102
Male Share of the Population52.4%
Female Share of the Population47.6%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+3,207
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married54%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.3%
Median Earnings25+$36,975
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$42,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,136

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,241
% Above Poverty Level88.6%
% Below Poverty Level11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone28.1%
Median Gross Rent$858
Median House Value$154,500

Ancestry

Irish20.6%
German18.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.8%
Italian11.5%
Polish10.7%
Czech5.4%
English4.8%
French Except Basque3.2%
Canadian2.4%
Swedish2%
Norwegian2%
Slovak1.1%
Australian1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Finnish0.6%
Croatian0.4%
Egyptian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Russian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Serbian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Braidwood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Will County
Standard Zip Codes60408
Phone Area Codes779,815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.26
Approximate Longitude-88.22

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)

StationGEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK
Distance12.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches
StationKANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches
StationPARK FOREST
Distance31.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Braceville735$73,500
Carbon Hill380$62,708
Diamond2,733$64,038
Godley730$65,673

Braidwood Public Libraries

Fossil Ridge Public Library District
386 WEST KENNEDY ROAD
Braidwood, Illinois
(815) 458-2187

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Braidwood Public Schools

Reed-custer High School
249 Comet Dr
ZIP: 60408
(815) 458-2166
High
Total Enrollment 501
Reed-custer Intermediate School
162 S School St
ZIP: 60408
(815) 458-2145
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
Reed-custer Middle School
407 Comet Dr
ZIP: 60408
(815) 458-2868
Middle
Total Enrollment 369
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Historic Braidwood

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Depot at Braidwood between 1900 and 1905
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