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Bedroom community

A bedroom community is a town or city that is primarily residential in character, with most of its residents commuting to a nearby town or city to earn their livlihood.

Unlike a suburb, which is adjacent to the urban area it serves, bedroom communities are sometimes quite some distance from the town or city providing employment.

Bedroom communities most often arise when a town loses its main source of employment, leading its residents to seek work elsewhere, though occasionally they are formed when zoning or other factors prevent an urban area from providing suitable housing.