Bonfield, Illinois

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Bonfield is a village in Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. Bonfield's population was 364 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Kankakee-Bradley, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Although founded by quarryman Thomas Verkler, the village was named after Thomas Bonfield, an attorney for the Kankakee & Seneca Railroad Company, which established a depot in the village. A name was needed for this depot, someone suggested "Bonfield", and that's what stuck. The railroad has long since disappeared into history but it had been on Johnson Street. Old railroad spikes and ties might still be found around the limestone quarry. The depot was moved about a mile and a half south of the village and converted to a barn, which remains today (12/31/2007). The town originally had a high school, but it burned down in the early 1930s. Students then went to Herscher High School in Herscher, Illinois.



Bonfield is located at 41°8′50″N 88°3′30″W / 41.14722°N 88.05833°W / 41.14722; -88.05833 (41.147190, -88.058219)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 364 people, 122 households, and 102 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,328.9 people per square mile (520.5/km²). There were 129 housing units at an average density of 470.9/sq mi (184.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.35% White, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 122 households out of which 46.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.0% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.6% were non-families. 13.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.26.

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