ex·​urb | \ ˈek-ˌsərb How to pronounce exurb (audio) , ˈeg-ˌzərb How to pronounce exurb (audio) \

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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Other Words from exurb

exurban \ ek-​ˈsər-​bən How to pronounce exurban (audio) ; eg-​ˈzər-​ , ig-​ \ adjective

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Like many small Texas cities, Keene — an exurb about 40 miles south of Fort Worth with a population of about 6,500 — contracted its technology services to an out-of-town company, including management of its computer servers. Los Angeles Times, "Ransomware is everywhere — even in this sleepy Texas town," 20 Aug. 2019 Spanberger, whose district is anchored in the suburbs of Richmond, Va., and extends to the exurbs of Washington, D.C., was a CIA operations officer. Laurie Kellman, SFChronicle.com, "Moderate Democrats forge a very different brand," 12 Aug. 2019 The exurbs, the regions far beyond a city center, are back. WSJ, "A Boom Beyond the ’Burbs," 10 July 2019 This may all seem obvious; space in dense superstar cities costs more than land in spread-out exurbs. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why building walkable cities is the key to economic success," 24 June 2019 The exurbs, the engine of the American housing market, are back. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "A Decade After the Housing Bust, the Exurbs Are Back," 26 Mar. 2019 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

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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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