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The ‘exurbs’ explained: What they are and why everyone is moving there

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The river-adjacent roads of Sussex County, New Jersey, don’t offer the restaurants, museums, and nightlife of New York City. But for roughly 140,000 Americans, the cheaper housing and sprawling land make up for the commute.

Such is the appeal of an exurb.

Areas known as “exurbs” were clear beneficiaries of pandemic-era migration. The once-neglected regions attracted hordes of movers over the past year, and they’re still expanding while suburbs and cities shrink.

What exactly “exurb” means is less obvious.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines exurbs as “a district outside a city, especially in a prosperous area beyond the suburbs.” Jefferies economists details ⇒

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