SimCity is the city-planning and urban development simulator developed by Maxis and EA, released in March 2013.

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What type of buildings offer what level of jobs?

There are three tiers of workers (as is everything else); tier 1, 2 and 3. What I am having a hard time with is figuring out what I can build to target workers from each of the tiers. I gather what I ...
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How can I increase the density of residential zones?

I've been playing the newly release SimCity 2013 for about a day but I'm really struggling with increasing my population with completely covering almost every inch of the map. While income is not a ...
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Does the water table replenish?

Does the water table replenish? I keep running out of water. I'm looking for a sustainable city, but I keep running out of water.
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How long does radiation contamination take to clean up?

Due to poorly educated workers at my nuclear power plant, I was told that a meltdown was imminent at my power plant. Considering how densely packed my city is, I didn't fancy having a meltdown and ...
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How do you unclaim a city in SimCity?

I built a city that used all the bonds, is in debt and can't make any money to start the game and no city hall. How do I unclaim the city to restart or get out of this situation?
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Once you build a University, can the high school and community college be safely closed?

Last night I needed to save some cash in my large, self-sustaining, city after building a brand new University. Looking through the options of what to turn off, I decided to turn off my high school ...
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How can I fix ground pollution?

In my city I am developing a bit of a ground pollution problem, this hasn't quite yet reached my water supply but it's getting close and already some of the nearby residential zones have started ...
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Can't buy power from neighboring city

I have two cities in a region. One is out of power and all my services have shutdown, and the other city has a coal power plant with a ton of extra power. I purchased buy from city A to city B, but ...
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Will cities in my region produce money, oil and resources etc. while building another city?

The question explains itself. Will other cities in my region produce money, oil etc. while building another city in the same region?
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Joining a game with an empty slot

I would like to join a game, but each slot I click on, I see every city has a major. I was getting tired clicking in and seeing all were taken. It was not helped by seeing the blue default avatar that ...
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Is there a way to fix air pollution in simcity?

I've noticed that wind direction changes in the game and now my town is directly downwind from my industrial area, causing pollution and zombie attacks. Is there a way to get rid of the pollution? I'm ...
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How do you provide more workers to your city?

As you can see on the screenshot, most of my city consists of residential zones by now, but my jobs are constantly climbing. How do I solve this situation?
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Is there any way to skip the tutorial city in SimCity?

You're stuck playing through the tutorial city whenever switching regions. Quitting the tutorial city doesn't skip it, and I'm not seeing anything else. Have any tricks up your sleeve? Edit: ...
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Can I play SimCity on two computers at the same time?

I'm not familiar with Origin's DRM (or the one that will be used on the next SimCity), but if I got the game, would I and my girlfriend be able to play it at the same time, each on their own computer ...
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Is it possible to fill abandoned buildings in SimCity?

In a new SimCity, sometimes buildings get abandoned, and I wonder if I should destroy and rebuild them, or there is a way to naturally fill them back up. I understand when the building is abandoned ...
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How does the water sent to the Arcology affect the region?

The arcology regional project requires 120 Kgal/hr water for operation. Does that water return in the form of sewage, or is it lost forever? If there are multiple cities in the region, whose clock ...
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How can I force ONLY rail export of goods from a trade port?

I have a trade port with a freight rail terminal, that I use to export processors. Because of traffic issues, I do NOT want to export using trucks, especially since the rail capacity is more than ...
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How do I solve the “Shopper Unsatisfied” and “We need money” problems?

I have been trying to solve this "Shopper Unsatisfied" and "We need money" problem, but for some reason I can't fix it. How can I handle this problem?
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Are some things (RCI demand, commuters, unlocks, etc.) shared only by “cluster” instead of region?

The new SimCity allows cities to share benefits such as RCI demand, commuters, unlocks, and utility and safety services. What is not clear is whether certain things are always shared region-wide, or ...
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What is the ideal “block” size in SimCity?

In SimCity 5, what is the best 'block' size to use (meaning, how much space between roads)? How big does a block need to be to accommodate the best buildings while minimizing waste & traffic?
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How to change interface language of SimCity?

Apparently, there is no easy way to change the interface language of SimCity. I had installed it via Origin on Windows 7 system. OS interface is in English, but locale is different, therefore, Origin ...
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How do I send resources to a “Great Work”?

I have started building the Arcology project, and I'm producing metal and alloy myself. Normally I export these products to earn money, but does anyone know if I have to set the trade settings to "Use ...
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Can I use a PC license to play the Mac version?

If I buy SimCity for PC, released this week, will I need to buy it again when the Mac version comes out or does the PC license entitle me to the Mac version? The SimCity Mac FAQ has recently changed ...
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How can I prevent gridlocks?

My city is in peril; I have all of the required buildings to make it all work, enough power and water, enough happiness to keep going and everything that a sim would ever need. However, due to the ...
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How can I reduce congestion on the highway coming into the city?

I am having issues with large amounts of traffic being backed up coming into my city. I already have 2 Bus Terminals running 13,000-15,000 Sims per day fully capped out on buses with a wait time of ...
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What are the most effective ways to increase land value?

I've seen land value increases with the placement of Hospitals and Fire Houses, I assume parks do the same thing (though it seems like a much smaller increase). What are some effective ways I can get ...
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How can I get workers to commute from other cities?

This city is 80-90% industry but it is having problems getting workers. My goal is to fill those workers from the previous city that has about 100k since there is no commercial or industry in that ...
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What is the difference between goods and freight?

Both of these resources are generated by industrial buildings, what is the difference between them? How can I control what my industrial zones will focus on?
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Does a great work bring benefits to the entire region or just to the 4 cities which built it?

In a big region of 16 cities there are 4 great works to build but not every city can built them, just the four which surround them. Will the Great work bring benefits to the entire region or only to ...
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Does building the Arcology great work affect residential demand in individual cities?

The description for the Arcology great work reads as follows: Building this towering pinnacle of human architecture requires skilled workers and resources. This dense ecosystem contains everything ...
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Should I keep some trees?

Maps are naturally populated with trees in a new city location, but I haven't yet found a way to add trees back to the location without placing parks and other "buildings". Should I do my best to ...
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How do I increase the capacity of my university?

I am stuck with an absolute maximum of 1800 students that I can force in my university, but I need 2000 to get the desired upgrade. The problem is that the capacity of the university is only 1300 ...
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How do you increase the population of the Arcology?

We finally built our Arcology! It's up and running but we each still have an outstanding task - "Increase the Arcology population!"; Looking on the Arcology great work site overview doesn't really ...
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How do regions handle the division of excess utility capacities?

I have two cities in a region. The old one has plenty of water, electricity and sewage treatment resources to spare. The second city I want to specialize, and not use up precious room for these ...
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Does demolishing or closing city hall upgrades and specialization HQs affect the region the same way it affects my city?

When I close or demolish an upgrade, any ploppable unlocked by that addon is automatically closed as well. Will the same thing happen to other cities in the region? I don't want to accidentally troll ...
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Running SimCity in the background

I've found that a lot of this game involves simply waiting for money to roll in. It would be really nice to be able to build a city up to a point where it is 'stable', and then simply let the city ...
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What is the formula for converting population to residential agents (workers, shoppers, students)?

I learned in another question that the population number can be much higher than the number of residential agents (workers, shoppers, students) in the city. What is the formula for converting ...
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Which trucks transport raw materials to factories - those of the factories or trade depots?

The tooltip for factory trucks only states that they transport the factory's finished goods, ie. a Processor Factory truck transports processors. However, the trade depot's truck tooltip only says ...
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Does education spread across cities to increase tech level, and how far?

If I build an education specialist city and remove all other education buildings, am I right in thinking that all of my students in the nearby cities will commute there for study, grow up to become ...
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Why is my coal power plant not receiving coal?

I am building an industrial city that has a coal power plant, an advanced coal mine, an ore mine, a smelting plant and a trade port to store any excess materials in. My power levels have just gone ...