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Population in 2010: 1,053. Population change since 2000: +12.0%
 

Males: 554  (52.6%)
Females: 499  (47.4%)

Median resident age:  45.4 years
Maine median age:  43.0 years

Zip codes: 04979.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $32,781 (it was $27,266 in 2000)
Solon:

$32,781
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,405

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $105,742 (it was $65,700 in 2000)
Solon:

$105,742
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $137,791; Detached houses: $148,990; Townhouses or other attached units: $324,241; In 2-unit structures: $126,877; Mobile homes: $66,610
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  • White alone - 1,027 (97.5%)
  • Two or more races - 15 (1.4%)
  • American Indian alone - 4 (0.4%)
  • Hispanic - 4 (0.4%)
  • Black alone - 2 (0.2%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.09%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Solon: 168.6 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: English (22.8%), French (14.9%), Irish (11.2%), German (7.7%), United States (6.7%), French Canadian (6.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 02/23/1809

Elevation: 405 feet

Land area: 39.9 square miles.

Population density: 26 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Solon:

  • High school or higher: 83.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.6%
  • Unemployed: 7.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Solon town:

  • Never married: 24.0%
  • Now married: 54.5%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 13.6%

13 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.4%
Maine:  3.3%



According to our research of Maine and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Solon, Maine as of December 20, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Solon to the number of sex offenders is 501 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Solon town:  1.1% ($744)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)
Solon satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (91.1 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (192.2 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: New York, NY (359.5 miles , pop. 8,008,278).

Nearest cities: Embden, ME (2.6 miles ), Athens, ME (2.8 miles ), Cornville, ME (2.8 miles ), Bingham, ME (3.0 miles ), Anson, ME (3.2 miles ), Madison, ME (3.3 miles ), Moscow, ME (3.5 miles ), Skowhegan, ME (3.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 6 buildings, average cost: $52,800
  • 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 1999: 5 buildings, average cost: $42,000
  • 2000: 6 buildings, average cost: $41,300
  • 2001: 7 buildings, average cost: $33,600
  • 2002: 7 buildings, average cost: $48,400
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2004: 7 buildings, average cost: $43,000
  • 2005: 6 buildings, average cost: $94,200
  • 2006: 7 buildings, average cost: $88,600
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $139,200
  • 2008: 10 buildings, average cost: $85,000
  • 2009: 4 buildings, average cost: $124,000
  • 2010: 9 buildings, average cost: $66,100
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $53,000
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $61,300

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Latitude: 44.94 N, Longitude: 69.81 W

Area code: 207

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.0%
Maine:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Wood products (12%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Paper (4%)
  • Health care (30%)
  • Wood products (10%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (10%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (10%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Woodworkers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Top executives (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Solon-area historical tornado activity is above Maine state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/9/2000, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 10.2 miles away from the Solon town center .

On 8/20/1962, a category F2 tornado 10.7 miles away from the town center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Solon-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 91.6 miles away from the city center
On 2/26/1999 at 03:38:43, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 34.9 miles away from Solon center
On 1/17/2000 at 08:16:20, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 10.1 mi) earthquake occurred 40.3 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1996 at 07:54:14, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 92.4 miles away from the city center
On 1/3/2000 at 21:05:50, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 6.0 mi) earthquake occurred 47.1 miles away from Solon center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 12, Floods: 11, Snows: 4, Snows: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Floods: 2, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Charles H. Baker - Politician, George Washburn - Baseball player.


Hospitals/medical centers near Solon:

  • SOMERSET REHABILITATION AND LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; BINGHAM, ME)
  • MAPLECREST REHAB AND LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; MADISON, ME)
  • WOODLAWN REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; SKOWHEGAN, ME)

Political contributions by individuals in Solon, ME

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Solon:

  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 25 miles; Farmington, ME; Full-time enrollment: 2,074)
  • Husson University (about 51 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,107)
  • University of Maine (about 56 miles; Orono, ME; FT enrollment: 9,235)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 92 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 5,629)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 92 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 2,993)
  • University of New England (about 107 miles; Biddeford, ME; FT enrollment: 3,850)
  • Plymouth State University (about 124 miles; Plymouth, NH; FT enrollment: 4,634)

Public elementary/middle school in Solon:

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Library in Solon:

  • COOLIDGE LIBRARY (Operating income: $10,133; Location: 17 SOUTH MAIN STREET; 4,383 books; 20 audio materials; 110 video materials; 52 other licensed databases; 16 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable location: Solon Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Pierce Cemetery (1), Evergreens Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Ironbound Pond (A), Baker Pond (B), Chase Pond (C), Lily Pond (D), Mud Pond (E), Rowell Pond (F), Kennebec River Reservoir (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Michael Stream (A), Fall Brook (B), Meadow Brook (C), Mill Stream (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Breezy Acres Camps & Guide Service (Tours & Charters; Drury Road) (1), Mountain Valley Flies (Tours & Charters; Skowhegan Road) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

 
Somerset County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Solon and their reported violations in the past:

EVERGREENS CG (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Solon that have no violations reported:

  • SOLON WATER DISTRICT (Population served: 413, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Average household size:
This town:  2.3 people
Maine:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  63.6%
Whole state:  62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  10.7%
Whole state:  9.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

18.0%
Whole state:

10.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

8.8%
Whole state:

4.1%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Solon, ME

3 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
4 people in other group homes in 2000
4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Solon compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (69%)
  • Wood (26%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • Electricity (1%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Solon town (based on Somerset County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 29.86%
Here29.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChurch of the NazareneNational Association of Congregational Christian Churches
Adherents59.4%7.5%7.1%4.4%3.7%
Congregations12.5%12.5%9.4%7.8%9.4%
NameAssemblies of GodSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents3.3%2.5%2.3%2.1%7.8%
Congregations6.3%3.1%6.3%1.6%31.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Somerset County:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
Somerset County:

2.71 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Somerset County:

9.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 42
Here:

8.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.2%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Somerset County:

31.7%
Maine:

25.0%

7.04% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,924 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.04%
Maine average:

6.39%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Kennebec County, ME  2.09% ($29,363 average AGI)
from Penobscot County, ME  0.92% ($25,090)
from Franklin County, ME  0.30% ($36,655)


6.50% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,094 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.50%
Maine average:

6.44%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($151 average AGI)
Somerset County:

0.06%
Maine average:

0.07%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Kennebec County, ME  2.00% ($26,873 average AGI)
to Penobscot County, ME  1.04% ($27,144)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.26% ($26,426)

Strongest AM radio stations in Solon:

  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WABI (910 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFAU (1280 AM; 5 kW; GARDINER, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMTW (870 AM; 10 kW; GORHAM, ME; Owner: RADIO PARTNERS OF MAINE, L.P.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Solon:

  • WTOS-FM (105.1 FM; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WHQO (107.9 FM; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INC.)
  • WQCB (106.5 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WIGY (97.5 FM; MADISON, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WPKQ (103.7 FM; NORTH CONWAY, NH; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWBX (97.1 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGUY (102.1 FM; DEXTER, ME; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WLOB-FM (96.3 FM; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: ATLANTIC COAST RADIO, LLC)
  • WCTB (93.5 FM; FAIRFIELD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INC.)
  • WTBM (100.7 FM; MEXICO, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWWA (95.3 FM; WINSLOW, ME; Owner: LIGHT OF LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WKTJ-FM (99.3 FM; FARMINGTON, ME; Owner: FRANKLIN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WJCX (99.5 FM; PITTSFIELD, ME; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)

Solon fatal accident list:

Feb 27, 2003 05:00 PM, Us-201, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jul 10, 2002 11:00 AM, South Solon Road, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Nov 15, 1999 03:35 PM, Sr-201, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Dec 25, 1995 09:50 AM, Molunkusrd, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Oct 8, 1983 03:00 AM, 14401441, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2, Drunken drivers: 1
Jul 22, 1976 03:50 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 2
Total length: 2 meters (7ft)
Total costs: $168,000
Total average daily traffic: 8,400
Total average daily truck traffic: 755
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 11,760


FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Beverly Shearer, 50 Jackson Road (Lat: 44.895556 Lon: -69.795639), Type: 53.3, Overall height: 48.8 m
    Registrant: 5619950320, Fcc-Contact@gtpsites.Com, 1801 CLINT MOORE ROAD, SUITE 110
  • Leslie N Nixon, 50 Jackson Road (Lat: 44.895556 Lon: -69.795639), Type: 53.3, Overall height: 48.8 m
    Registrant: 5619950320, Fcc-Contact@gtpsites.Com, 1801 CLINT MOORE ROAD, SUITE 110
  • Leslie N Nixon, 50 Jackson Road (Lat: 44.895556 Lon: -69.795639), Type: 53.3, Overall height: 48.8 m
    Registrant: 5619950320, Fcc-Contact@gtpsites.Com, 750 PARK OF COMMERCE BLVD, ST. 300
  • Leslie N Nixon, 50 Jackson Road (Lat: 44.895556 Lon: -69.795639), Type: 53.3, Overall height: 48.8 m
    Registrant: 5619950320, Fcc-Contact@gtpsites.Com, 750 PARK OF COMMERCE BLVD, ST. 300

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Lat: 44.943333 Lon: -69.855278, Call Sign: WQOD605
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.652 MHz, 159.892 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/22/2011, Expiration Date: 08/22/2021, Certifier: Larry Carrier
    Registrant: New Wave Licensing Services Inc, 517 Sachs Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Phone: (717) 334-0910, Fax: (717) 334-4739, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Solon)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: PERRY WILLIAM E C JR EAC 10 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 3765P , Serial Number: BP10
    Registrant (Individual): William E C Jr Perry, The Evergreens Po Box 114, Solon, ME 04979
  • Aircraft: ROBERTS FLY BABY (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 85 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR C85 SERIES (85 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6529 , Serial Number: 6522, Year manufactured: 1972, Airworthiness Date: 10/04/1979
    Registrant (Individual): James R Carl, Rfd 1 Box 2565, Solon, ME 04979


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