Definition of exurb in US English:



North American
  • A district outside a city, especially a prosperous area beyond the suburbs.

    ‘the exurbs of New York City’
    • ‘What is the proper relationship between center city, suburb and exurb?’
    • ‘Instead, she found positions in the suburbs and exurbs of Florida, Maine, and Minnesota.’
    • ‘But it tells another tale too: with virtually no exceptions, the largest growth in the past decade occurred in exurbs and in the intermountain West.’
    • ‘But while Brooks is correct that exurbs contributed to the 2002 Republican victories, his assertion that they were central to these victories, is much shakier.’
    • ‘This makes a strategy based on exurbs as they appear today - nearly all white and low density - a tenuous one.’
    • ‘Although, the suburbs and exurbs are definitely where the population growth and hence the representation in government are happening.’
    • ‘Ignoring boundaries, fire races along valleys and ridges, biting chunks out of suburbs and exurbs, destroying property, threatening and, every now and again, taking human life.’
    • ‘The far exurbs of our coastal cities, and the sprawling new metropolitan regions like Orlando, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Atlanta now represent the de facto headquarters of the American dream.’
    • ‘The 20th century saw the continuous loss of farmers and the obliteration of small farms, the decline in open and forested land near cities, and the higgledy-piggledy sprawl across the countryside of suburbs and exurbs.’
    • ‘As increasing media coverage makes travelers and residents of suburbs and exurbs more weather-aware, they are more likely to report twisters.’
    • ‘Far from taking the population into high-density cities - that is a solution for a minority only - the main trend is towards suburbs, and exurbs.’
    • ‘And if you've spent time in American suburbs or exurbs, and then gone to Europe or Asia, you know that we really do live differently.’
    • ‘Because of the sharply increasing population of exurbs, cities 60 miles away from the Perimeter but connected to one of the major highways, rush hour goes on for about three or four hours and there are two daily - morning and afternoon.’
    • ‘Commuter rail across the rivers, deep into the exurbs - that makes sense.’
    • ‘Now they encourage conforming to a standardized way of thinking developed in the exurbs of Seattle.’
    • ‘Republicans err in assuming that, on this subject, mothers in the old suburbs differ greatly from mothers in the new exurbs.’
    • ‘The exurbs have certainly grown faster than the inner-ring suburbs.’
    • ‘But such a tax will only work if the option of escaping to the exurbs is discouraged.’
    • ‘As the population drifts toward the exurbs, small flourishes make otherwise identical houses stand out.’
    outlying district, residential area, dormitory area, dormitory town, commuter belt, conurbation
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1955: coined by A. C. Spectorsky (1919–72), American author, either from Latin ex ‘out of’ + urbs ‘city’, or as a back-formation from the earlier adjective exurban.