Simcity 4 is a city building/planning simulator. It is the fourth installment in the Simcity series and was released on January 14, 2003.

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How to increase industrial demand in Sim City 4?

What I want to know is how to increase industrial demand in my city, I also want to know how to get more commercial demand, and jobs in general. Thank you in advance for you answers!
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Why are pipes rusting and bursting

In Sim City 4, I have a small city with population 1000. I have one water tower and pipes to give the entire area coverage. I'm using about 1/6 of the water tower's capacity. I've funded the water ...
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How do I get 1 million people in a region? [closed]

What do you have to do to get 1 million people in a region (and is it even possible)? My cities seem to stop growing when reaching 100k people. After I reach this number of people, all my buildings ...
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What other effects does difficulty have on your Simcity?

When I played the game for the first time, there was an option to select your difficulty? Does it affect anything other than starting cash?
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Develop R$$ population in SimCity4

I want to develop city with only mid-wealth population, little R$ and with jobs I-M industry and Co§§. Can anyone explain to me what R$$ wants? What is their demand? I'm trying to find it, but I need ...
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Do mountains, slopes, valleys, lakes and seas have any advantages or benefits in Simcity 4?

I was wondering if mountains, slopes, valleys, lakes and seas have any advantages or benefits in Simcity 4. If I remember it correctly, waterpumps in Simcity 2000 had to be close to a lake or a river. ...
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Why can't I unlock the Bureau of Bureaucracy?

I believe my current city meets all the requirements to build the Bureau of Bureaucracy, yet I am unable to unlock it. Many websites state its requirements to be the following: Residential ...
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Hiding zoned buildings only

It it possible, or is there a mod, that allows you to hide zoned buildings only. This used to be a an option in Simcity 3000, which was great for adding/finding subways, busstops and other government ...
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What benefit do I really get from medium- and high-wealth residents?

Playing SimCity 4 with a tiny experimental city today, I noticed something interesting. Say I have a residential area that looks like this: interior 6 blocks high, 10 blocks wide each housing lot is ...
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How is tax revenue calculated?

I'm really struggling with my budget. I think the solution may be on the revenue side, as my expenditures are quite minimal. The taxes collected obviously depend on the tax rate, but what else? Do ...
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what elements of the game are NOT necessary for a successful city, such as farms?

I would like to know what elements of the game are NOT necessary for a successful city. Farms I have built and they take up a lot of space, but I am not sure what the contribution is to create a ...
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Is there a reason I should reconcile edges?

Whenever I build something (like roads) right near the edges of the map, the landscape is modified to a configuration that doesn't match the neighboring side. SimCity asks to reconcile edges, but the ...
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Why can't I buy electricity from an electricity -rich neighbour city in SimCity 4? [duplicate]

I've built a usual city. I've built a new city with redundant power production right near the first one. I've initiated a deal to sell power to the first city successfully. I've started a new city ...
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How to take a fire engine in SimCity 4?

How do I take a fire engine to ride in SimCity 4? AFAIK it is possible to take control of almost any vehicle in the game, but I can't find how.
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How do I cross a highway with a railroad?

I'm playing SimCity 4 Deluxe (on Steam) and am trying to build a bridge (or something to the same effect) for a railroad to cross a ground highway. How can I achieve this? Here a screenshot of my ...
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How to increase residential demand in simcity 4?

I have a city in SimCity 4 that currently has a population of 1,463. After running the simulation for 5 years, I stil have exactly the same population. How do I fix this? Right now, my city has: ...
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SimCity 4 Deluxe stopped working in Windows 7

I had SimCity 4 Deluxe installed and running on Windows 7 64-bit without any major issues for a few months. As far as I can remember, I do not think I even had to adjust compatibility mode, or tweak ...
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Are there any consquences to building over zoned buildings?

Whilst building a residential area I forgot to leave room for a police station, thus making it difficult for me to cover the entire area without wasted coverage. I've noticed that it's possible to ...
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My city is in a chronic recession

My city is 1500 years old. It has 1.8 million citizen, 800k businesses and a small industry (around 9k). It's a thriving town running on a $4.5 million yearly budget. It's pretty developed; the crime ...
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How to trade Power between Cities?

I just started with this quite old game. I have a rather good working city and wanted to export garbage to the neighbouring city. This worked fine. Then I wanted to import Electricity from the ...
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Does Sim City 4 'blow up' at any point?

Please keep all answers spoiler free. Thank you. In Sim City 2000, once you reached a point of virtual city utopia, something happened. This gave you something else to do, and prevented the game ...
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How do I use a custom resolution in SimCity 4?

I would like to play SimCity 4 using a resolution not selectable in game, how can I do this? The possible settings in game are: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, and 1600x1200 but I would like to use ...
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What's the optimal placement for water pumps?

In what was undoubtedly an act of poor judgement, I recently elected reinstalled Sim City 4. Now that my addiction is in full force, I'm wondering if there's an optimal placement for water pumps in ...
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Does my city really need polluting industries?

I've noticed that scaring off dirty industry with high taxes does not appear to have any negative impact on my city's growth or economy. Ideally, I would only have high-tech in my city, so that I may ...
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How is the “Total city size” requirement calculated?

In SimCity 4, some rewards require a "total city size of [xyz]". How is this number calculated? Is it based on a single city "tile", or the entire region?
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What's the exact population limit at which demand for agriculture disappears?

In SimCity 4, I'm trying to set up a large city with lots of farmland. I've read on several sites (and experienced first-hand) that at a certain growth level demand for agriculture drops entirely, but ...
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How can I set the zone like I want?

Suppose that I have 2 roads like those below and I want to zone ONE residential with an entrance (^) on east/west road ( the house is on a field of 3 squares) +++...++++++++ .............. ...
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Backup/Restore a city from SimCity 4

I want to take a backup of my city of SimCity 4. In the directory Documents\SimCity 4\Regions\ in Libraries (Windows 7), I have a directory with the name of my city. Do I need to include something ...
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Transition between Subway and Rail in SimCity 4

I'm new to SimCity 4. In SimCity 3000, you could build subways and rails and connect the two. I cannot see the option to do so in SimCity 4. There is a subway to elevated rail connector, but I ...
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How do I find all my bus stations?

I want to upgrade my city's bus network to a subway network. How do I locate all of my bus stations so I can replace them?
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How do I build an effective rail network?

I have a few freight train stations in my city's industrial centers. They link to each other, and to other regions. However, despite being much closer, the stations are always ignored in favor of ...
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Roads vs streets

I'm currently reading the SIM CITY 4 GUIDE: VERSION 2, by thy451 And found this strange: mentioned, that roads have more capacity, than streets, but according to the table in the same chapter, ...
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Is there a difference between SimCity 4 Deluxe and SC4 with Rush Hour?

The online consensus seems to be No, but I'm not so sure. While the manual for my boxed copy of Rush Hour is just a Deluxe manual with a different cover, page 10 of said manual shows a ...
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What affects the pricing of neighbour deals?

I have a mainly commercial city which currently supplies its own water and power. I would like to outsource it to a neighbouring city. However, this would cost $2k/mo more than generating it in the ...
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Techniques to keep traffic under control in SimCity 4

SimCity 4 is a great game, but I usually start getting problems when my cities reach a population of ~50k people. One of the major problems is traffic. What are techniques/solutions to this problem? ...
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Where should I place water treatment plants in Simcity 4?

I have an industrial city that needs several water treatment plants due to the high amount of water pollution it produces. I've never been quite sure what the best placement for water treatment ...
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Differences between SimCity 4 and CitiesXL

Can you tell me the main differences between those two games? Which one is more suitable for a less casual gaming experience?
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Can I play SimCity 4 on Windows 7?

Can I play SimCity 4 on Windows 7 (64 bit)? I want to know before buying it.
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SimCity 4 for Intel-based Macs?

I used to love playing SimCity 3000 and was wondering recently what new versions have come out since then. I found SimCity 4 which sounds pretty cool. I switched to an Intel based MacBook Pro half a ...
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Why has my neighbor city stopped taking garbage?

I have two cities. 1st is the main. 2nd is for garbage export. It was not difficult to start garbage exporting. I just created road connection and placed garbage processing plant in the 2nd and a 2x2 ...
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Trains, trains and elevated trains

Is there a way to transfer your train system from being elevated to going along the ground in SimCity 4 - Deluxe Edition? There is a tile which lets you transfer from elevated to underground, but I ...
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How do I increase demand in a city, population of around 45,000?

My city is close to perfect but I can't seem to get any demand -- it's negative in all categories! It has a population of 45,000, and all but one bar of mayor rating filled up. EQ (education) is ...
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How do I build large, healthy cities in Simcity 4?

Every time I play Simcity 4, my cities usually end up broke and overpolluted by the time they reach 100k citizens. What's the best way to try and get a happy, healthy, and profitable large city?