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Last edited 25 Sep 2020
 Residential focus
Exurbs and suburbs are similar in nature. They are dominated by residential properties (and associated services) rather than commercial or industrial facilities. However, there are slight differences between exurbs and suburbs. Suburbs tend to be developed in an area that is near a primary source of employment (such as a major city), while exurbs are more rural and may be separated from the suburbs by green space.
 Resurgence of the exurb
The appeal of the exurbs increased dramatically after 2000 and then dipped until about 2010. In 2019, more millennials were moving to the exurbs, reversing the downward trend of the previous decade.
The attraction of exurbs has several causes, including the need for homes that are affordable, as the cost of city living is beyond reach for some. In addition, the upheaval in the manufacturing sector has resulted in the closure of many large sources of traditional employment. While residents remain in their communities, they may be forced to look for jobs elsewhere in other towns or cities.
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