boom·​town | \ ˈbüm-ˌtau̇n How to pronounce boomtown (audio) \

Definition of boomtown

: a town enjoying a business and population boom

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But that view overlooks the role policy has played in Arlington’s transformation over the past decade—from a tract of low-rent offices for federal agencies and contractors into a boomtown for private industry. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "How Arlington Lured Amazon With Low Costs," 14 Dec. 2018 Its historic center, a small island called Ortigia, has the atmosphere of a boomtown. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Luxury Homeowners Discover the Delight of Sicily Living," 20 Dec. 2018 With all that activity, small-time Helsinki took off, becoming a boomtown in support of the grand strategic fort. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 From Orange, head to the oil boomtown of Beaumont, a half hour west, for lunch on a picnic table at Amelia Farm & Market, a century-old working pecan farm. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 Last week the state put out its annual report on homelessness in the schools, and the numbers for boomtown Seattle are embarrassing. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Kids still living in shantytowns is the real shame of Seattle," 18 Apr. 2018 Stores wore boomtown facades to tempt passing drivers and their dollars to linger. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Three years later, the hill and 2 square miles of the surrounding plains incorporated as the city of Signal Hill, a settlement of roughnecks and wildcatters, an oil boomtown during the time when California produced a quarter of the world’s oil. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Signal Hill keeps progress in view without blocking out its oil town past," 22 June 2018 The coal and oil boomtown had sprung up amid the dust and antelope of northeast Wyoming, nearly doubling in size since the 1990s to about 32,000 people, many of whom worked to extract the natural resources below ground. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After school shootings, a teenager challenges the gun culture in her conservative Wyoming town," 18 May 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boomtown

: a town that experiences a sudden growth in business and population : a booming town

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