Definition of sunbelt in US English:


(also sun belt)


  • 1A strip of territory receiving a high amount of sunshine.

    1. 1.1 The southern US from California to Florida, noted for resort areas and for the movement of businesses and population into these states from the colder northern states.
      • ‘A powerful part of our urban evolution will be to give space and attention to the rivers that have largely been erased from our 20th-century sunbelt lives.’
      • ‘This is increasingly true in a big U covering both coasts and the sunbelt.’
      • ‘Since the 1970s, there has also been migration out of the northeast, in particular to the sunbelt states of Florida, Arizona, and California.’
      • ‘A 3-kW PV system in the sunbelt could provide a home an average of 500 kWh per month in the space of a 15 feet by 20 feet south-facing garage roof.’
      • ‘Beginning in the 1960s, high-technology developments attracted new corporate enterprises with well-paying jobs, while ever-growing sunbelt retirement communities drew thousands of older Americans.’
      • ‘And so the result is, if you're a Democrat, it's going to be very hard for you to get elected president unless you're from the sunbelt.’
      • ‘That said, familiar patterns - frost belt to sunbelt, city to suburbs, immigrants to Los Angeles and New York - are still apparent in the numbers.’
      • ‘Many American cities have enjoyed healthy population increases - not just sunbelt capitals like Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Houston but also older cities like New York City (largely due to immigration).’
      • ‘Atrios pointed this particular bit of wackiness out and while I'm not surprised, I'll be betting the good general will soon retire to the sunbelt.’
      • ‘Every libertarian or conservative resident of the U.S. sunbelt knows what Val is talking about.’
      • ‘In addition, rapid population growth in southern states and sunbelt cities has created an immense service economy and a consequent demand for low-wage labor.’
      • ‘The sunbelt and South are much more ideologically coherent as a result.’
      • ‘Now, the American heartland is emptying out, as ambitious spirits head to the sunbelt in search of new opportunities.’
      • ‘For nearly a half century, Boston and New England in general declined, as New York, Chicago, and the sprawling sunbelt cities assumed national leadership.’