A suburb is a mixed-use or residential area, existing either as part of a city or urban area or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city. In most English-speaking countries, suburban areas are defined in contrast to central or inner-city areas, but in Australian English and South African English, suburb has become largely synonymous with what is called a "neighborhood" in other countries and the term extends to inner-city areas. In some areas, such as Australia, China, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and a few U.S. states, new suburbs are routinely annexed by adjacent cities. In others, such as Saudi Arabia, Canada, France, and much of the United States, many suburbs remain separate municipalities or are governed as part of a larger local government area such as a county.
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- I guess most people think of the suburb as a place with all the disadvantages of the city, and none of the advantages of the country. And vice versa.
- Kevin Arnold from The Wonder Years, Season 1, Pilot. Written by Neal Marlens and Carol Black and voiced by narrator Daniel Stern. (January 31, 1988)
- There is no Death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Resignation, st. 5 (1849).
- Without suburbs a city has no centre either.
- Šuruppak, Instructions of Shuruppak (3rd millennium BCE).