An exurb (or alternately: exurban area) is an area outside the typically denser inner suburban area, at the edge of a metropolitan area, which has some economic and commuting connection to the metro area, low housing density, and growth. It shapes an interface between urban and rural landscapes holding a limited urban nature for its functional, economic, and social interaction with the urban center, due to its dominant residential character.[1] Exurbs consist of "agglomerations of housing and jobs outside the municipal boundaries of a primary city"[2] and beyond the surrounding suburbs.[3]

Exurban-style density along the Pennsylvania–Maryland–Delaware border, part of Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Exurban development (left side) blends into suburban development (right side) in Loudoun County, Virginia, in the western part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.

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