Cities: Skylines is all about making sure people are happy, especially in industrial zones, and these are the best ways to do that.
In Cities: Skylines, it’s important to keep people happy if you want your city to work. Happiness has a lot of benefits. It makes it easier to level up buildings, raises the value of land, brings in more people, and brings in more tax money. Just like all of the other zones in the game, industrial zones have their own needs that make them happy.
Since people don’t live in these areas, making them as useful and profitable as possible is more important than making sure they look nice or are clean. Even though players won’t have to worry about things like pollution, they still have to meet a lot of other needs. Here are the best ways to make industrial zones in Cities: Skylines.
Provide Enough Raw Materials
Raw materials are used in industrial zones to make goods, which are then sold to people in the area. The most important and first thing to do to keep industrial zones happy is to make sure they have a steady supply of raw materials. You can bring these in from other places or get them from natural resources on the map.
If there are a lot of resources, players should set up farming or forestry zones to make the most of them. If not, raw materials can always be brought in by truck, train, ship, or even by plane. It is important to have a good road network so that raw materials coming into the city don’t get stuck in traffic. This can slow down supply lines and stop factories in their tracks, so players should improve their roads to handle the extra traffic.
Ensure Demand For Goods
After goods are made in industrial zones, they need a place to sell them. This is where commercial zones come in. Shops buy goods from industrial zones and sell them to people in the city. Players need to set up enough commercial areas to keep up with the output of the factories and enough residential areas to make sure there are enough people to buy the goods.
The whole system of supply and demand is a fine balancing act, and players will need to change and grow their cities to keep the balance. It’s important for players to change where they need to and fill the gaps in the market. If they don’t, they could end up with an industrial zone that isn’t productive and makes people unhappy.
Utilize Different Forms Of Transport
Traffic is always a problem in Cities: Skylines, and industrial zones can be hurt by traffic that doesn’t move. Heavy traffic carrying goods or raw materials needs direct access to all parts of an industrial zone. It also needs to be able to move across the city to get to commercial zones to make deliveries.
This can lead to big traffic jams, so it’s best to offer more than one way to get around. Freight trains are the best option because they can get around traffic and move a lot of goods quickly across the city. Players shouldn’t rely too much on trains, though, because even trains can get backed up.
Build Basic Services
Industrial zones don’t need as many services as other places, but it’s still a good idea to put money into some of them. Even though buildings like parks and schools aren’t needed, players should make sure that emergency services like police and healthcare are available. Bus lines and metro stations can help people get to work quickly.
Industrial areas are more likely to catch fire than other areas, so fire stations are very important (especially forestry). Having a fire department that can respond quickly to fires will help keep them from getting out of hand and destroying the whole district.
Balance Education In The Workforce
Even though education is important in Cities: Skylines, industrial zones don’t need as many educated workers as office and commercial areas. Most jobs in industrial buildings are for people with low levels of education, and relying too much on education can lead to workers who know too much.
At the same time, factories also need workers with a lot of education to do a small number of more difficult jobs. Players should make sure that their school system is balanced so that both educated and uneducated people can work in industrial zones and that the city doesn’t run out of uneducated workers.
The goal of industrial zones is the same as that of commercial zones: to make money. Industrial zones are happier when the tax rate goes down, but residential zones are happier when the tax rate stays the same or goes up.
Of course, it will also mean less money in the long run, but the trade-off may be worth it in some situations. A fire may have destroyed an industrial area or there may not be enough raw materials coming in. Lowering taxes can make up for these problems and encourage businesses to stay in the city and build new buildings. At the end of the day, it’s up to the player to decide if it’s worth it or not.
Implement Or Avoid Policies
Even though there is no policy in Slope Game that directly affects the happiness of an industrial zone, there are a few that do. Industrial Space Planning doubles the amount of goods that come out of industrial buildings. This causes a big increase in traffic, which can stop the zone from working right. On the other hand, Smoke Detector Distribution makes it less likely that there will be a fire, which helps keep the area safe and useful.
The Heavy Traffic Ban policy can be used to direct traffic onto certain roads and routes. This can help reduce traffic and make sure that goods and raw materials get to their destination on time. When dealing with industrial zone happiness, keep these rules in mind.
Cities: Skylines can be played on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows, Linux, macOS, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia.