The land that would later become Solon, Ohio first started as a parcel of the Connecticut Western Reserve Territory. Jason Robbins, a sea captain, and Isaac “Samuel” Bull, a successful merchant, were the first settlers of this area who arrived in 1820.
The territory was later named after Isaac Bull’s son, Lorenzo Solon Bull, who in turn was named after Solon, the famous Grecian lawmaker and father of democracy.
Solon Township made a name for itself for great farming land. When 1850 rolled around, the population was 1,034. The township became a village in 1927, then achieved city status in 1961, when Solon’s mayor-council form of government was established.
One notable accomplishment of the city is that Solon pioneered the use of a comprehensive zoning plan, which led to the city’s strong industrial base, defined commercial and retail areas, and planned city parks and recreational areas.
Today, the city’s population consists of over 23,300 residents.
Of the city’s population of around 23,300, 48.1% of residents are male, and 51.9% are female. The median age of residents is 39.3 years, and the estimated household income is around $99K.
The racial makeup of Solon is much more diverse than other cities in Cuyahoga County. 70.6% of residents are white, 12.7% are Asian, 11.2% are black, 3.7% are biracial, 1.4% are Hispanic, and 0.6% are of other ethnic backgrounds.
As for educational background, of the population who are 25 years and over, 62% hold a bachelor’s degree, while 31.6% have earned a graduate or professional degree.
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The climate in Solon is cold and temperate, with average temperatures that tend to vary drastically. The warmest time of the year is generally mid-July – when daytime temperatures reach highs of 83°F, and nighttime temperatures rarely fall below 69.3°F
Summers here are warm and partly cloudy, especially from mid-June to mid-September. During this period, most of the residents go out to enjoy sunny days at the park, explore the scenic routes, or play basketball.
Solon has an average of 160 rainy days every year. January, meanwhile, is the snowiest month in Solon with 21.2 inches of snow.
Solon’s calculated risk of experiencing tornado events is higher than the U.S. average and is considered about even with Ohio’s statewide risk. In fact, about half of the recorded weather extremes associated with this city between 1950 to 2010 were wind storms and thunderstorms.
Solon is also known to experience extreme humidity and precipitation levels, which are in part caused by Lake Erie’s close proximity. Although these factors mean fires are not a top concern for Solon residents, flooding and water damage are serious possibilities.
Solon has officially only experienced one blizzard event between 1950 and 2010, but heavy snows, ice storms, and significant winter weather are annual occurrences.
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For those who are 25 years old and over, the mean commute to work is 23.5 minutes.
Solon has multiple major roadways that cut through the city. Som Center Road runs north and south through the city’s center, and US-422 stretches northeast through the city. Additionally, Aurora Road runs from the southeast to the southwest corners of Solon.
These roadways connect to Interstate 480 and Interstate 271 north and west of town, while Interstate 80 can be accessed to the south.
It takes roughly 30 minutes to reach Cleveland, Ohio from Solon, and it takes about half an hour or less to reach Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Solon is more secure than 62% of U.S. cities and towns. The violent crime rate per 1,000 residents is 0.44, and the property crime rate is 9.25. The city’s total crime rate per 1,000 residents is 9.69.
Overall, the odds of experiencing a violent crime in Solon are 1 in 2,291, which is favorable compared with Ohio’s 1 in 357 odds. Property crime is more common, though the chances of being targeted are still 1 in 108. This number is also under the state’s estimated odds of 1 in 46.
Solon’s northern and southwestern areas have higher safety ratings than centrally located neighborhoods.
The city council holds legislative power and is responsible for enacting Solon’s laws. The council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month and consists of 7 members.
The council’s responsibilities include approving the budget and city spending, contract awards, select site plans, and more specified in the Charter and Codified Ordinances of the City of Solon.
Solon Chamber of Commerce is focused on the education, empowerment, and engagement of local businesses.
The chamber acts on behalf of Solon’s business community on a statewide and national level. Additionally, the chamber hosts regular programs and events that aim to support and advance both large and small businesses.
Since 1961, the city has operated under a mayor-council form of government. Ever since, the mayor’s administration has been dedicated to servicing residents, local schools, and businesses within Solon.
The mayor of Solon is elected at-large and holds the highest-ranking municipal office. He or she oversees city affairs and administration.
Solon Population 2020
More than 23,000 people call Solon their home. The number of people who are choosing to live in the city is rising, as the population is growing at a yearly rate of 0.03%. The population density in the over 20-mile area is 1,114 people per square mile.
48.1% of the residents in the area are male and 51.9% are female. The city has a relatively young population with a median age of 44 years. Residents aged 35 to 54 years make up approximately 31% of the population, while those aged 5 to 17 years comprise 22%.
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Solon Diversity 2020
Solon is much more diverse than other cities in Cuyahoga County. 73.4% of residents are white, 12.1% are Asian, and 11.2% are African American. Important ancestries of people in Solon include Italian, German, Irish, Polish, and English.
80.8% of Solon’s residents speak only English, and 5.4% speak Chinese, including Mandarin and Cantonese. 3.6% of the city’s population speaks other Indo European languages.
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Solon Education 2020
Solon has a strong combination of top-ranked schools and college-educated young adults. 62% of adults who are 25 years and older hold a bachelor’s degree, 31.6% have earned graduate degrees, and 6% have associate degrees.
More than 12,000 or 81% of the adult population have sought tertiary education. 14.3% of residents finished college and 96.8% graduated from high school.
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SCHOOLS IN Solon
Solon City School District is ranked as #1 out of 608 school districts in Ohio in terms of academic achievement, teacher qualifications, college prep, health and safety, and more ratings. This celebrated school district sees to the educational needs of over 4,500 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. On average, the student-teacher ratio in this school system is 18 to 1.
Solon City School District is also rated as the 2nd best school system to teach in the state. The district has received praise from Newsweek, US News, and World Report, in addition to having received honors like the Red Quill and Red Quill Legacy awards from the ACT organization for multiple consecutive years. Several campuses in this district are also recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
The 7 schools within this district include Roxbury Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Lewis Elementary, Orchard Middle, Solon Middle, and Solon High School. Arthur Road Elementary School is now a public preschool campus.
Solon Housing 2020
53.5% of properties were built from 1970 to 1999, and 29.2% were built between 1940 and 1969. Properties constructed in 1939 or earlier make up 3% of the market, and 14.3% of properties were built in 2000 or later.
30.5% of properties are valued between $228K-$342K. 20.5% are priced between $113K-$228K. 1.8% average from $57K-$114K, and 3.4% are under $57K. On the other side of the spectrum, 15.8% of properties are valued between $342K-$456K, 11.4% are priced $456K-$570K, and 13.4% are between $570K-$854K. From there, 3.1% of homes are valued above $854K and stretch to around 1.1 million.
From January 2008 to January 2018, Solon’s annual appreciation rate averaged at 1.16%. Solon’s appreciation rate was 2.93% from October 2018 to October 2019. This number can be annualized to an appreciation rate of around 10.38%.
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Solon Homes for Sale
Solon attracts many residents based on its ethnically-diverse population, top rated school district, stable local community, and low crime rate.
There are around 8,400 housing units in Solon. As reflected in the city’s population statistics, the most common housing option is single-family homes, seeing as this type of property makes up 86.6% of available housing.
The second most common type of residence is apartment complexes, which make up 10% of the market. Smaller apartment buildings and condominiums comprise a small fraction. Out of all housing options, 81.96% are owner-occupied, and 18.04% of properties are rented apartments or condominiums.
At 46.2%, the majority of homes have 4 bedrooms, and 29.4% have 3 bedrooms. 10.8% of homes have 2 bedrooms, and only 3.1% are 1 bedroom layouts. On the other side of the spectrum, 9.8% of properties have 5 or more bedrooms.
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Solon Economy 2020
More than 11,000 people contribute to stimulating Solon’s economy. The majority of employees are white-collar workers at 91%. There are especially a lot of adults in Solon who work in healthcare and social assistance, education, and finance, and insurance.
Since 2019, the job market in the area has grown by 1% and in the next decade, job growth is expected to be 23.4%. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Ohio at 2.3%. Nearly 5% of residents in the area live below the poverty line.
The estimated household income in the city is higher than the US average by 49% at $104,625. A working adult in the city has a yearly average income of $102,742.
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Cost of Living
Solon’s cost of living is almost 4% higher than the country’s average cost of living. For reference, this affluent city’s cost of living is also 21.2% more expensive than Ohio’s estimated average.
Grocery costs are about 3.8% higher than the national average and 7.7% more costly than Ohio’s average. Additionally, housing costs in this Ohio city are almost twice as expensive as Ohio’s average. Transportation expenses are also higher in Solon than other parts of the state.
Utility costs run as being 7% less in Solon than statewide and national averages. Also, healthcare in the city is estimated to be 17.6% more affordable than national trends.
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Solon, Ohio can be broken down into 20 neighborhoods, which include Arthur Meadows, Glenwillow Place, Holly Hill, Oakview Estates, Som Hills, and the Preserve to only name a few.
The most expensive section of the city is found to the southeast. The area within Aurora Road and Pettibone Road has a median real estate price of $468K, which is higher than 96.5% of Ohio neighborhoods and 78.7% of other residential areas within the United States.
The second most costly area of Solon are the neighborhoods found between Cannon Road and Som Center Road. This northeastern corner of the city has a median real estate price of $374K.
The least expensive part of town is found towards the city’s center. The area defined by Orchard Road and Som Center Road has a median real estate price of $181K, which is less expensive than 28.5% of Ohio neighborhoods and more affordable than 57.8% of neighborhoods across the nation.