Definition of exurbia in English:



  • [mass noun] The exurbs collectively; the area beyond the suburbs.

    • ‘Throw in a poor mass transit system, a small and unpopular downtown, and a population shift to exurbia, and it's a wonder anyone goes to the games.’
    • ‘No, we're paving over the prime farmland as Americans flee out into exurbia, trying to flee the overcrowded housing stock in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, etcetera.’
    • ‘That is leading to exurbia, a two-pronged movement.’
    • ‘About 9 million of them live in the Chicago exurbia that sprawls out to Crystal Lake, 15 miles to the east.’
    • ‘Accordingly, Buell's purpose in the new book is to ‘put ‘green’ and ‘brown’ landscapes, the landscapes of exurbia and industrialization, in conversation with one another.’’
    • ‘This once small town is being increasingly populated by white Americans looking for ‘stability and safety’ in the ever-expanding subdivisions of exurbia.’
    • ‘Disinvestment in central cities has been coupled with the conversion of roughly one million acres of farmland each year as Americans further expand the reach of exurbia.’


1955 (originally US, see exurb) ‘out of’ + -urbia, on the pattern of suburbia.