Bradley, Illinois

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Bradley (formerly North Kankakee) is a village in Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. The population was 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.

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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).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²).Of this area - 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²) - 0.26% is water.

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 (part of it was 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

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 12,784 people, 5,041 households, and 3,382 families residing 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/sq mi (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 population.

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