Outskirt vs. Suburb



a more remote part of a town or city; the periphery, environs; a suburb

‘Many people commute into the business district from the outskirts of town.’;


A residential area located on the outskirts of a city or large town that usually includes businesses that cater to its residents; such as schools, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, convenience stores, etc.


A part remote from the center, and near the outer edge; border; - usually in the plural; as, the outskirts of a town.

‘The outskirts of his march of mystery.’;


(by extension) The outer part; the environment.


a part of the city far removed from the center;

‘they built a factory on the outskirts of the city’;


Any subdivision of a conurbation, not necessarily on the periphery.


An outlying part of a city or town; a smaller place immediately adjacent to a city; in the plural, the region which is on the confines of any city or large town; as, a house stands in the suburbs; a garden situated in the suburbs of Paris.

‘[London] could hardly have contained less than thirty or forty thousand souls within its walls; and the suburbs were very populous.’;


Hence, the confines; the outer part; the environment.

‘The suburb of their straw-built citadel.’;


a residential district located on the outskirts of a city


an outlying district of a city, especially a residential one

‘a highly respectable suburb of Chicago’; ‘a working-class suburb’; ‘life is much better in the suburbs’;


A suburb (or suburban area or suburbia) is a mixed-use or residential area, existing either as part of a city/urban area, or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of one. Suburbs might have their own political or legal jurisdiction, especially in the United States, but this is not always the case, especially in the United Kingdom where most suburbs are located within the administrative boundaries of cities.

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