A satellite town or satellite city is a concept in urban planning that refers essentially to smaller metropolitan areas which are located somewhat near to, but are mostly independent of larger metropolitan areas.
Satellite cities are small or medium-sized cities near a large metropolis, that:
- predate the metropolis' suburban expansion
- are at least partially independent from that metropolis economically and socially
- are physically separated from the metropolis by rural territory or by a major geographic barrier such as a large river; satellite cities should have their own independent urbanized area, or equivalent
- have their own bedroom communities
- have a traditional downtown surrounded by traditional "inner city" neighborhoods
- may or may not be counted as part of the large metropolis' Combined Statistical Area