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42. Solon, OH

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Solon, OH Rob Howard

Top 50 rank: 42

Population: 23,012

This Cleveland suburb boasts one of the top 10 school districts in Ohio and is home to employers such as Nestlé, L’Oréal, and Cleveland Clinic. And there’s plenty to do when the work or school day is over: Solon has its own philharmonic orchestra, a community center with a packed calendar of programming, and a performing-arts center that offers classes.

Want to get outdoors? Solon has 734 acres of parks, sports fields, and open space — and Lake Erie is just 20 miles away. –S.M.

Solon, OH

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $106,828
Job growth % (2010-2012) 4.80%
Median home price (2012) $211,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 20.0%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 29.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 9

Financials

Median family income (per year) $106,828
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $105,104
Sales tax 7.75%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 5.93%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 0.59%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,381
Job growth % (2010-2012) 4.80%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $211,500
Average property taxes(2011) $4,471

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 25
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 20.0%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 29.0%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 92.0/8.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 44.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 9
Median commute time (in minutes) 23.1
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 10.6%
% population walk or bike to work 1.3%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 30
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 2,059
Bars (within 15 miles) 368
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 198
Libraries (within 15 miles) 70
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 6
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.4

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 38.71
% clear days in the area 45%
High temp in July ° F 80°
Low temp in Jan ° F 15.6°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 42.2
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 76.5%
Married % 63.7%
Divorced % 6.5%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 101.2

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