exurb

noun
ex·​urb | \ˈek-ˌsərb, ˈeg-ˌzərb \

Definition of exurb 

: 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

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exurban \ek-​ˈsər-​bən; eg-​ˈzər-​, ig-​ \ adjective

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Once a sparsely populated enclave and political backwater, Prince William County — 30 miles southwest of Washington — has grown at a torrid pace in recent decades as families in search of good schools and a front yard pushed into the exurbs. New York Times, "Corey Stewart, Virginia Senate Nominee, Evokes Trump on Racial Issues," 17 June 2018 The district runs from the San Francisco exurb of Tracy to the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. New York Times, "Vulnerable Republicans See Immigration as Political Salvation," 1 June 2018 One of them — Barbara Comstock — represents the swing suburbs and exurbs of Washington, D.C., in a district that opted for Hillary Clinton by 10 percentage points over Trump two years ago. Washington Post, "GOP frets Virginia Senate candidate may impact House races," 14 June 2018 About 250 miles away, in the eastern exurbs of Denver, the volunteer shortage has become so noticeable that local fire chiefs talk about it in life-or-death terms. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Answering the call," 1 June 2018 The question for the general election is whether Abrams can parlay her support to hold down likely losses in North Georgia and capture some of the Atlanta exurbs. BostonGlobe.com, "5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections," 24 May 2018 Abrams performed similarly well in many of Atlanta’s largely white suburbs and exurbs. BostonGlobe.com, "5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections," 24 May 2018 Reporters from all over the world streamed into Clackamas, Ore., Harding’s home town and a rural exurb of Portland. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "‘As crazy as it was’: Reporters recall the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan feeding frenzy," 4 Mar. 2018 Seitz: Saukville is actually categorized as an exurb town (primarily residential, from which most of the workforce commute out of the community for work). Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There will be new faces coming to the Saukville Village Board this spring," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of exurb

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exurb

ex- + suburb

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The first known use of exurb was in 1955

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