How to Expand City Limits in Cities: Skylines 2

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by J.R. Waugh
How to Expand City Limits Cities Skylines 2
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So you’ve built to the edges of your city limits and wish to expand in Cities: Skylines 2. If you think you’re ready to grow to even bigger heights while taking on likely greater financial burdens, we’re here to help!

While it can be intimidating that your city will cost more money and consume more resources to run, this also nets you more opportunities. There are vast pools of resources ready to be harvested, and prime real estate up for grabs just within reach.

Cities Skylines 2 Growth Guide: How to Expand City Limits

You must open the Map Tiles to expand city limits in Cities: Skylines 2, and you can do so by hitting the ‘M’ key or hitting the Map Tiles icon on the bottom-left of the UI. This opens up tiles of the map you can purchase to expand your city, where you’ll then be able to connect it with roads and build out further.

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Related: How to Grow Your City Population in Cities: Skylines 2

A couple of tips to consider while preparing to grow:

  • Avoid expanding too early, especially if your services are too few or too expensive as it is
  • Expand tile-by-tile, scoping out resource gain opportunities
  • Keep in mind what you want to build there, to prevent mixing zones and causing pollution

When Should You Buy More Map Tiles in CS2?

In general, you should slowly expand when you’ve addressed all forms of zone demand in your beginning area, then expand outward once you’ve got a good spread of the basic services. Otherwise, you’ll find things like your electricity or healthcare services will be overburdened by all the new civilians, so consider expanding out to harvest new resources.

Industrial zones, and specialized industries like farms, are great options when you’re getting ready to make your city bigger, lowering potential spending on services, and even building up your resource pools. Don’t be afraid as you go out there. There are only mild possibilities you’ll find a tornado, don’t let it knock the wind out of your sails!

- This article was updated on October 24th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.