Is there a population cap for cities in SC4?



  • Im currently working on a city that's population has been growing fairly steadily for a while, but it seems to be struggling to get past the 600,000 inhabitants mark.

    It's strange because the major rating is full and health, education, police and fire coverage is all funded to capacity. Recently though there has been problems with residential demand.

    I lowered taxes and added more transport links and it worked until the budget became a problem. When I raised taxes again to around the 7% mark the demand collapsed and the population steeply declined by about 80,000. I was wondering if there was a cap on the amount of people that can live in a city, or have I just been missing something?



  • As far as I've been able to research, there isn't a hard cap for any individual city. If you're able to pack more people in skyscrapers and support them then you can do so. That being said, after reaching a population of 500,000 and again at 1,000,000 zoning demand drops sharply. This seems to be a soft cap that can be pushed through via smart planning, inter-city regional connections, and the use of public services.

    The highest population I've heard of in a single city is slightly above 4 million. There is a Guinness World Record for regional population: that seems to be 107,658,254.

    Simcity player Peter Richie created an intricate, dense region that has more than 100 million citizens in it. You can learn more about his city by watching his YouTube video on the subject:

    This is not a hard cap. If you feel you could do better, produce denser cities, manage traffic better, or otherwise introduce growth then by all means you're able to do so yourself. There doesn't seem to be a hard cap on population - the only limit is how well you can manage the city.


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