Solon, Iowa

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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 1,177 at the 2000 census.



Solon 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 Solon's home, Athens. Solon developed along the Old Military Road that connected Dubuque to Iowa City in the 1840s; the road is now State Highway 1. The National Register of Historic Places-listed Stone Academy is just north of town.


Solon is located at 41°48′24″N 91°29′45″W / 41.80667°N 91.49583°W / 41.80667; -91.49583 (41.806717, -91.495938)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 km² or 1.3 sq mi, all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,177 people, 457 households, and 304 families residing in the city. The population density was 887.1 people per square mile (341.7/km²). There were 496 housing units at an average density of 373.8/sq mi (144.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.73% White, 0.25% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

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