Cities Skylines 2: How to Make Districts

Increase the efficiency of your services in Cities Skylines 2 and set policies by using Districts!

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Instead of having your services or policies cover an entire city, you can have them focus on specific areas by breaking them into Districts. This can diversify your metropolis and better tend to the needs of your Cims. Here’s how to make Districts in Cities Skylines 2.

How to Make Districts in Cities Skylines 2

Currently, Districts don’t have as many features as they do in Cities Skylines. However, they can help with some complaints that pop up from your residents or help you control areas with high traffic, for example. Districts are also great for getting insight into specific areas, telling you how many residents are employed and what their education level is.

You’ll get access to Districts at Milestone 4: Grand Village. Here’s how to make and use them.

Choose an Area for Your District

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Once you unlock Districts, the first thing you should do is decide what areas of your city will be made into Districts. While you can make districts any shape you’d like, I typically choose discrete blocks and areas with services to make into neighborhoods or city centers, for example.

The District tool can be found between Zones and Signature Buildings at the bottom of your screen under the Areas option. Forming a district is similar to selecting the area of operation for Specialized Industries like Forestry buildings or a Landfill. These can be any shape you’d like.

  • With the tool selected, click on the map where you want to place your first node.
  • Then, draw a shape around an area by placing various nodes in succession.
  • Connect back to the first node to complete the District.

Assign Services to Each District

While you can create Districts early, I usually wait until my city has expanded enough that I’m starting to get traffic jams or notices about locations waiting for hearses, for example. Then, I start adding Districts to assign my service buildings to operate in a specific area, increasing response time.

The unfortunate part is that you’ll need money to build more schools, fire stations, and other services that are placed near or in the Districts they serve for the sake of efficiency. One solution is to build medium-sized Districts that are more like self-contained boroughs or towns.

Related: How to Make Money in Cities: Skylines 2

Set District Policies

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After you create a District, click on a service building, and you have the option to assign it an operating district. Additionally, you can select the View Details option for the district and set policies. These policies range from reducing pollution through Heavy Traffic Bans to increasing revenue by adding Parking Fees for that district.

And that covers how to create Districts in Cities Skylines 2, as well as the benefits that can come from them. Otherwise, your services can take a long time getting to citizens in emergencies like fires because they have to travel from a long distance. Or they have to handle the entire city with limited resources. From here, check out our CS2 guide hub for more topics like 10 Tips for Beginners or how to fix electricity bottlenecks.

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Melissa Sarnowski

Melissa Sarnowski turned her hobbies of gaming and writing into a job through freelancing with the help of an English degree. If she isn't playing games and writing guides for them, she's spending time with her family or her dog.