noun (sometimes lowercase)
the southern and southwestern region of the U.S.
Origin of Sunbelt
First recorded in 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for sunbelt
Contemporary Examples of sunbelt
The final demographic coup for the Sunbelt lies in its attraction for families.
Since 2007 five of the seven fastest growing jobs markets among the twenty largest cities were in Sunbelt states.
It may come as a surprise to some, but the Sunbelt is also pulling ahead in high tech jobs.
If trends continue, the Sunbelt will keep growing as the coasts decline.
Indeed, of the ten fastest growing big metros areas in America in 2012, nine were in the Sunbelt.
Historical Examples of sunbelt
British Dictionary definitions for sunbelt
the southern states of the USA
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Word Origin and History for sunbelt
1969, with reference to the Southern U.S., from sun (n.) + belt (n.).
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States in the South and Southwest marked by warm climate, rapid economic and population growth in the last two decades, and (often) political conservatism.
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