Purpose of Population LimitEdit
Having a population limit encourages players to build more community buildings into their cities. It ensures that people cannot have a disproportionate amount of citizens compared to businesses at early levels. However, population limit is not prevented from expanding because of levels, as there is no limit to how many community buildings a player can have of the same kind.
See also: City Population
Having a higher population limit cap, also ensures that your city is filled with happy citizens. A happier city encourages more shopping at businesses and more people to move in (Bonus Population).
Raising the Population LimitEdit
It is only necessary to raise the population limit for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there are a number of goals that a player cannot complete without having a required amount of citizens. If this amount exceeds the player's population limit, they cannot achieve the required amount. Therefore, they must first raise their population limit. There are also a number of businesses which cannot be opened without a set amount of citizens. However, players may also want a higher population limit if they are interested in having a large base of citizens to use their businesses effectively.
See also: Community buildings
Building community buildings is one of the only ways to raise the population limit of a city. This requires using the community buildings section of the Build Menu and selecting an available community building to build in the city. When the community building has been built, it cannot be put to use until the player has completed one final task. This may be to employ "staff" from their base of neighbors and CityVille-playing friends, or to collect a certain amount of materials. Upon completion of this task, the population limit will be increased by the amount set by the community building.
The population limit increase depends on which community building has been built. For a complete list of community buildings and the amount they raise the population cap, see this table.
Not all community buildings will be available at all times, so the population limit increase scales at a similar rate to leveling. Some community buildings have a level requirement, others involve completing goals to become available.
See also: Landmarks
Landmarks were introduced into the game to help players "distinguish their city", and serve almost exactly the same purpose as community buildings. All landmarks raise the population by 2,000 and cost 2,000,000 coins. There is no level requirement for a landmark, but players of a low level will only be able to achieve one by purchasing CityVille coins due to the small profit margins a low level player can achieve.
Available landmarks are:
- Pearl Tower - No restraints on purchase.
- Big Ben - Requires 5,000 Population before it can be purchased.
- Chicago Tower - Requires 7,000 Population before it can be purchased.
- Empire State Building - Requires 10,000 Population before it can be purchased.
- Leaning Tower - Requires Level 50.
- Geodesic Rainforest - Requires Level 90.
- London Palace - No restraints on purchase; only available during British Event.
No longer available:
- Pyramid Skyrise - Required Level 50
- Pantheon - No restraints on purchase; only available during Greek Event.
Other Buildings which add to your population limitEdit