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Solon, Iowa
Downtown Solon, Iowa
Downtown Solon, Iowa
Official seal of Solon, Iowa
A Place to Put Down Roots
Location of Solon in the state of Iowa
Location of Solon in the state of Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Johnson
Region Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Total 1.32 sq mi (3.43 km2)
 • Land 1.32 sq mi (3.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
801 ft (244 m)
 • Total 3,018
 • Density 2,277.74/sq mi (879.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-73875
GNIS feature ID 0461748

Solon is a city located in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Part of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is located a few miles from Lake MacBride State Park and the larger cities of Coralville and Iowa City. The population was 3,018 at the time of the 2020 census.


Solon was platted in 1840. It is named for the classical Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and lyric poet Solon. Ironically, the local high school's mascot is the Spartans; Sparta was famously an enemy of Athens, Solon's home. The National Register of Historic Places-listed Stone Academy is just north of town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.39 square miles (3.60 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 383 —    
1890 353 −7.8%
1900 397 +12.5%
1910 450 +13.4%
1920 471 +4.7%
1930 493 +4.7%
1940 515 +4.5%
1950 527 +2.3%
1960 604 +14.6%
1970 837 +38.6%
1980 969 +15.8%
1990 1,050 +8.4%
2000 1,177 +12.1%
2010 2,037 +73.1%
2020 3,018 +48.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,037 people, 759 households, and 528 families living in the city. The population density was 1,465.5 inhabitants per square mile (565.8/km2). There were 832 housing units at an average density of 598.6 per square mile (231.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 759 households, of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 32.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29% were from 25 to 44; 20.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.


The Solon area is served by the Solon Community School District.

Notable people

  • Leo Beranek, acoustics expert involved in the improvement and promotion of the Hush-a-Phone; lived in Solon for a portion of his childhood
  • Robin Lord Taylor, actor/director, known for his role as Oswald Cobblepot in the Fox TV series Gotham

Tyler Linderbaum, NFL Player

See also

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