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Sunbelt

[suhn-belt] /ˈsʌnˌbɛlt/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
1.
the southern and southwestern region of the U.S.
Also, Sun Belt.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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British Dictionary definitions for sun belt

Sunbelt

/ˈsʌnˌbɛlt/
noun
1.
the southern states of the USA
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Word Origin and History for sun belt

Sunbelt

n.

1969, with reference to the Southern U.S., from sun (n.) + belt (n.).

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sun belt in Culture

Sunbelt definition


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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Idioms and Phrases with sun belt

sun belt

The southern and southwestern United States, as in Retirees have been moving to the sun belt for years. It is so called for its warm climate. [ Mid-1900s ]
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Encyclopedia Article for sun belt

Sun Belt

region comprising 15 southern states in the United States and extending from Virginia and Florida in the southeast through Nevada in the southwest, and also including southern California. Between 1970 and 1990, the South grew in population by 36 percent and the West by 51 percent, both well above the national average. Large in-migration, along with a high birth rate and a decline in out-migration, all contributed to rapid growth of both the Sun Belt's population and manufacturing activities. Improvements in transportation and communications, abundant air conditioning in summer, and a favourable winter climate are attractive forces for retirees as well as workers

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