: a region or settlement that lies outside a city and usually beyond its suburbs and that often is inhabited chiefly by well-to-do families
ek-ˈsər-bən How to pronounce exurb (audio)

Examples of exurb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans are stronger in less densely populated exurbs and towns and across Wisconsin’s sprawling countryside. Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 29 Jan. 2024 One of those juries was composed of citizens from heavily Democratic Manhattan, but two came in federal court in the Southern District of New York, with a pool of jurors from more politically diverse suburbs and exurbs. Graham Kates, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2024 The authors of the study found these distortion hotspots near Cape Canaveral, the suburbs and exurbs of Boston, and across Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. Mira Rojanasakul, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Those job centers, like Orange County and Los Angeles’ Westside, are far from the exurbs of Riverside or San Bernardino counties where housing growth is higher and prices are lower. Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 In Northern Virginia’s exurbs, the open 31st District is a seat that Youngkin carried by less than 1 point and Democrats won by almost 6 points in 2022. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 26 Oct. 2023 The district also includes several Denver suburbs and exurbs, which are growing increasingly blue. David Mark, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 Jonathan Gitlin For people living in newer homes in suburbs or exurbs who commute to jobs in office parks surrounded by vast expanses of surface parking, the size thing might not even be that noticeable. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2024 Sewell, who is viewed by many as a rising star in Northern Virginia politics, represents a rapidly growing corner of Prince William, a majority-minority Washington exurb at the very northern end of the 7th District. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023

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Word History


ex- + suburb

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exurb was in 1955

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“Exurb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exurb. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a region or district outside a city and its suburbs where many well-to-do people live

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