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Suburb or exurb


We have all heard of the word suburb.  Some of us even live in a suburb.

If you live in a suburb, you are in an outlying part of the city. Sometimes, the suburb can be a smaller community to a larger city.

A term that is new to me is exurb.   Exurbs are regions beyond the suburbs. Some exurbs are rural in nature while others are more populated but not like the suburbs.

In some cases, the exurbs are where the well-to-do families reside.

The term “exurb” is usually attributed to A.C. Spectorsky. He wrote the book The Exurbanites  in the late 1950s. In it,

Spectorsky describes the wealthy areas of northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in the state of New York.