Is it possible to sell education/ambulance/fire/police services to other cities as well as water or electricity?

For example, people from other cities are already coming to my schools. How to make them pay for this?

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The short answer is: this no longer matters because the servers for this game are gone. Only offline play is available, which means only cities you control in the region on your computer can interact.

The longer answer is that cities within a region interact asynchronously as described here. This allows each city to continue to function as though the other cities were being played even when they aren't. Since time passes differently for each city, resources can easily be created/wasted.

Available surplus resources (power, water) are capacity split as described here. The consumer of surplus resources pays a modest amount per day if they "purchase from region". This is much cheaper than generating the resources locally. The producer of surplus resources gets paid a meager amount which can be observed in the budget screen. The amount is automatic. Note: due to the asynchronous nature of game play, it doesn't matter how many days the producer supplies the resource - nor how many days the consumer gets the resource... the surplus resource is stably provided each day.

Assigned service vehicles behave as described here. The assigning city may get paid a meager amount for each vehicle - if so, it will appear in the budget screen. If so, this would be well below the maintenance cost of the buildings to operate those vehicles. The assigned city pays nothing. Assigned police cars will bring back criminals, assigned garbage trucks will bring back garbage, assigned ambulances will bring back sick and injured people. Note: this is basically a negative for the assigning city. Generally, you should only assign vehicles when the problem they would otherwise solve would spill into your city (crime). Omega trucks are a special case.

Lastly, schools. If students come from other cities to your community college or university - the benefit to your city is local tech points. If students come from other cities to your high school or elementary school - there is no benefit to your city.

If your students leave the city to attend school out in the region, then your city will get the residential education those students earned. Caveat #1 this is no different than attending a local school. Caveat #2 students leaving the region tend to glitch out and never return. If you find yourself with fewer local students than you should, remove all your school bus stops (to stop/limit regional education) and bulldoze/cycle your residential buildings to get them to move back in.

As such, regional students are to be avoided by providing enough education in each city that no one decides to leave.


I'm not quite sure which Sim City you play, but normally the other cities will provide you an offer and you can accept it, if you want. After that you have a service contract to provide/get water from them or send them your garbage.

In Sim City 5 you'll be able to buy/sell power/water/garbage to other cities. For example, you can take a look at this video.

  • I play SimCity 5. I would like to do the same as in the video, but for school/fire/police/hospital. It seems we cannot make contracts as for water, garbage and power
    – Jocelyn
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 12:20
  • Yes this is right. There is no way to rent your police and co. They are only responsible for your city and even in your city just for the area around them. The only things which can be contracted are water, electricity and garbage. Well an you can still export your good by train or truck. Just a good idea is to make contracts for garbage (recycling) and use those resources in your city to build electronics and co. ;-)
    – Ionic
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 12:24
  • I just discovered that in the region view, in the fire/police/health tabs we can see a "monthly income". But I only earn 100$ for one firetruck and one ambulance :(
    – Jocelyn
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 13:13
  • Not really a big deal if you see how much it costs to build them
    – Ionic
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 13:14

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