the suburbs

plural noun

: towns or other areas where people live in houses near a larger city
the suburbs of Chicago
also : one of the suburbs of a city
She left the city and moved to the suburbs.

Examples of the suburbs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though the city of Chicago has lost residents in recent years, the suburbs in Cook County have lost more, while suburbs far from the city are booming, new U.S. census estimates show. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2024 After the war, however, Chinese populations in Los Angeles County set their sights on the suburbs, building a suburban Chinatown in Monterey Park. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 The road, which is located south of El Camino and runs more than a mile through the suburbs, was last updated in 2001. Stephanie Lam, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 Rent soared during the pandemic as demand rose due to Americans fleeing major urban centers and opting for more space away from neighbors in the suburbs and rural areas. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 8 May 2024 In the suburbs of Auckland, a new meeting house and education center – Taumata o Kupe – soars into the sky. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2024 Community members would go to parks in the suburbs instead. Eric Guzmán, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2024 Despite having roots in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Kate and Gerald raised Anne and her older brother, Michael, and younger brother, Thomas, in Brooklyn, New York, and later in Millburn, New Jersey. Kayla Keegan, Peoplemag, 4 May 2024 After moving from the suburbs of Michigan to Manhattan at 22, Mr. Polan developed a style that fed off the metropolis’s chaos. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 3 May 2024

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“The suburbs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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