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Bradley, Illinois
Location of Bradley in Illinois
Location of Bradley in Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Kankakee
Township Bourbonnais
Area
 • Total 6.93 sq mi (17.95 km2)
 • Land 6.93 sq mi (17.95 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
641 ft (195 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 15,419
 • Density 2,224.32/sq mi (858.87/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
60915
Area code(s) 815/779
FIPS code 17-07744

Bradley (formerly North Kankakee) is a village in Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. It is a suburb of the city of Kankakee. The population was 15,895 at the 2010 census, up from 12,784 at the 2000 census.

Bradley is a principal city of the Kankakee–Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kankakee County. The county is also part of the larger ChicagoNapervilleMichigan City, IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

Bradley is located at 41°8′47″N 87°51′33″W / 41.14639°N 87.85917°W / 41.14639; -87.85917 (41.146332, -87.859123).

According to the 2010 census, Bradley has a total area of 7.24 square miles (18.75 km2), all land.

History

In 1891, North Kankakee was established when the David Bradley Plow Works established a factory, and in recognition of this, in 1895, the town changed its name to Bradley City (later Bradley). Bradley was mostly a blue collar town with the Kroehler Furniture factory and the Roper Corporation factory (maker of kitchen ranges and ovens; part of their operations were in the building that David Bradley once occupied) being the major employers. In the 1980s, as with the rest of the Midwest, these factories closed, and after their closures, parts of those factories burned to the ground. However, by the end of the decade, things changed. In 1989, a new shopping center called Bradley Square was built with Wal-Mart as the first tenant, and more shops followed. The brightest spot in the village's history came on August 1, 1990, when Northfield Square Mall opened. Bradley was poised to attract business. Since that time, the village has been growing. Now, many businesses inhabit the area.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,518
1910 1,942 27.9%
1920 2,128 9.6%
1930 3,048 43.2%
1940 3,689 21.0%
1950 5,699 54.5%
1960 8,082 41.8%
1970 9,881 22.3%
1980 11,015 11.5%
1990 10,792 −2.0%
2000 12,784 18.5%
2010 15,895 24.3%
2020 15,419 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 12,784 people, 5,041 households, and 3,382 families living in the village. The population density was 3,381.3 people per square mile (1,305.8/km2). There were 5,272 housing units at an average density of 1,394.4 per square mile (538.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.62% White, 1.23% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 3.61%.

Of the 5,041 households 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 26.8% of households were one person and 11.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.03.

The age distribution was 26.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median household income was $41,757 and the median family income was $47,984. Males had a median income of $38,224 versus $24,493 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,035. About 3.6% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of that age 65 or over.

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