Definition of exurbia in US English:



  • The exurbs collectively; the region beyond the suburbs.

    • ‘This once small town is being increasingly populated by white Americans looking for ‘stability and safety’ in the ever-expanding subdivisions of exurbia.’
    • ‘That is leading to exurbia, a two-pronged movement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘About 9 million of them live in the Chicago exurbia that sprawls out to Crystal Lake, 15 miles to the east.’


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