Are you struggling to make money in Cities Skylines 2? Proper budget planning and reaching milestones are essential for generating a steady income in the game. Additionally, effectively balancing taxes, focusing on cost of services, exporting resources, utilizing public transport and parkings, and knowing when to take loans or start over can all contribute to a prosperous city economy. Learn how to maximize your income and create a successful city in Cities Skylines 2 with these helpful tips.
- Budget planning maintains positive cash flow
- Balance services to save money
- Milestones provide steady income
- Effective tax allocation maximizes income
- Export resources for extra revenue
Budget Planning and Milestones
Budget planning is crucial in Cities Skylines 2 to maintain a positive cash flow. By carefully managing expenses and allocating funds to different areas such as public services, infrastructure, and maintenance, players can generate a steady income.
It is important to provide sufficient jobs, commercial, and residential areas to stimulate economic growth and increase tax income. Strategic placement of service buildings and careful planning of necessary services can maximize efficiency and reduce unnecessary expenses.
Additionally, reaching milestones in the game provides a stable source of income and unlocks new buildings, services, and areas for development, allowing players to progress further in the game.
How I plan budget and milestones in CS2?
- I don’t need reach milestones, they generates money but…
- …it’s not a long-term source of income I can rely on.
- I’m building healthy economy with less commercial zones near residential.
- I’m focusing on profitability of this zones, happiness, accessibility.
- And also I’m focusing budget sliders
Effective Use of Taxes
Properly allocating costs and taxes in Cities Skylines 2 is crucial for a healthy city economy. It involves finding the right balance between generating income and maintaining citizen satisfaction. Allocating costs effectively helps manage the city’s finances and provide essential services to residents, ensuring enough funds for infrastructure, healthcare, education, and other needs.
However, raising taxes too high can negatively impact citizen happiness and overall income. It is important to find the right balance to avoid hampering economic growth and citizen satisfaction. The budget menu in the game allows you to adjust funding for various city services, freeing up money for other areas or future investments.
Balancing taxes is essential to maximize income without compromising citizen satisfaction. Gradually increasing taxes for commercial and industrial sectors, while avoiding high residential taxes, can help achieve this balance. Additionally, adjusting taxes based on education levels can incentivize higher-income residents and businesses. By carefully managing taxes and allocating costs effectively, a stable and prosperous city economy can be ensured in Cities Skylines 2. Regularly reviewing and adjusting tax rates and budget allocations is important to adapt to the changing needs of the city.
How I play CS2 with taxes?
- I’m trying to increase taxes for profitable Commercial and Industrial zones.
- I try to cut taxes where I need a boost in industry to attract more businesses.
- I’m balancing on best taxes rate for my residential to pay me a lot of money.
- I don’t have problems with not enough customers so I should get reward in taxes.
Focus on cost of services
As I mention is important to focus on cost of services which you have in your city. Every time when you need more hospitals / firefighters / … you need to consider if is better to upgrade current building or build new. A lot of upgrades could accomplish your goal significantly cheaper than buying another building.
Also you need to focus on budget sliders. CS2 provides us more stats so we know how each direction affects or money (or happiness) in game. But this detailed sliders aren’t on much services. I hope that they will extend this features…
… working with sliders is great for customization. And I will be happy to “manage” my city in this panel. Like in future I should expect some detailed policies for each services? This should be great expansion.
How I play with sliders and upgrades?
- First of all if I could upgrade then I upgrade.
- If I can’t upgrady any of building then I’m building new.
- In sliders I’m looking what changes.
- Is okay to have efficiency like 80% but if you have problems then…
- … remember that you could adjust price back to 100% and not to build new service buildings.
Exporting resources makes money
Exporting excess resources in Cities Skylines 2 can boost your city’s income. By selling surplus resources like electricity, water, and goods to other cities or regions, you can increase your revenue and offset the costs of running your city.
One profitable option is exporting electricity, which requires connecting your power grid to a Transformer Station and Power Lines. This allows your excess electricity to flow out of your city and be sold. Similarly, exporting water can provide a steady stream of income by connecting a water pipe from your city’s network to the edge of the map.
Additionally, setting up cargo stations or cargo harbors near industrial zones allows you to export goods produced by your industries, with industries that require a high level of education being more profitable. One main information panel which you should use is this one…
… which shows you how much of resources you have in your city. So you need to focus on extraction industry (specialized zones) to produce more resources and also you should boost generic yellow zones with taxes.
Is important to say that If you have local goods then is better to process it in your generic industry and don’t export this industry. So by lovering taxes here you should make more profitable export for your city. The production chain is incredibly complex and it pays to work with it well. By strategically utilizing these external connections and stations, you can generate additional income and maintain a positive cash flow for your city.
How I export to make money?
- I’m doesn’t import electricity (imported MV costs 4 500 per MV)
- I’m planning which power plants to build to minimize cost per MV.
- If I have cost per MV less than 2 000 then I export electricity.
- Also I focus on extraction industry (specialized industry) to produce goods.
- With lovering taxes I’m boost industry which have local goofs.
Public transport and parkings
In Cities Skylines 2, players can generate income for their city by implementing public transport systems and charging fees for their use. Creating bus lines and setting reasonable fees can be a good way to generate income, especially in the early stages of the city. Additionally, charging for parking in certain areas can discourage car use and further increase revenue.
To maximize income, it is important to establish major outside connections such as railways, airports, and harbors, which will attract tourists and generate significant income. Building attractive features like parks, sports fields, and signature buildings can also increase the city’s appeal. Prioritizing public transport, creating outside connections, and enhancing city attractiveness are key strategies for generating income in Cities Skylines 2.
How I play with public transport and parkings?
- If I need then I increase price per parking in my city.
- All of public transport cost people some money (to cover expenses).
- I’m working on connection with other cities when I have bigger town.
Loans and starting over
In Cities: Skylines 2, we have the option to take out loans to finance necessary city services and development. Loans provide a quick influx of money but come with interest and need to be repaid over time. So you can’t take loan for to pay for the costs you have (because they will increase). Loans are best when you need money for expansion which will make money to your city.
And the last tip from me if your city isn’t make money then you should start over. You need to learn from your mistakes and every new fresh start makes more space for you to build efficient and prosperous city. In my POV every time when I reset game I see new opportunities how to play and make money.
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