This article will discuss how to build the ultimate Sim City 2000 City with the highest population possible. The most useful and versatile buildings used in the Sim City 2000 game are the Arcologies. At a population of 120,000, the player will be granted permission by the game to build an Arcology. The Arcologies are not only capable of providing almost all the infrastructure needed by a city; they are also capable of housing large amounts of people in small spaces due to their tremendous heights. All four types of Arcology available in the game will be used because each type of Arcology has a unique set of features it incorporates to eliminate the need for additional infrastructure. The only other buildings needed by the city are the power plants because they are needed for the Arcologies to operate. The most efficient type of power plant to be used in the game is the fusion power plant because it has the best cost efficacy and the highest power density among all the power plants in the game. The features of the Arcologies and the fusion power plants will be discussed below.

**1.) Plymouth Arcology:**

Statistics:Area: 16 tiles

Population Capacity: 55,000

Power Required: 5 mw

Cost: $100,000

**Built-in Infrastructure:**Industrial Areas

Army Bases

Naval Bases

Air Force Bases

Missile Silos

**2.) Forest Arcology:**

Statistics:Area: 16 tiles

Population Capacity: 30,000

Power Required: 5 mw

Cost: $120,000

**Built-in Infrastructure:**Educational Facilities

Parks

Residential Areas

Commercial Areas

**3.) Darco Arcology:**

Statistics:Area: 16 tiles

Population Capacity: 45,000

Power Required: 5 mw

Cost: $150,000

**Built-in Infrastructure:**Recreational Facilities

Residential Areas

Commercial Areas

**4.) Launch Arcology:**

Statistics:Area: 16 tiles

Population Capacity: 65,000

Power Required: 5 mw

Cost: $200,000

**Built-in Infrastructure:**Spaceflight Capabilities

Residential Areas

Commercial Areas

**5.) Features Possessed by all Arcologies:**Pipes

Power Lines

Roads

Railways

Seaports

Airports

Police Stations

Fire Stations

Hospitals

Prisons

**6.) Fusion Power Plant:**

Statistics:Area: 16 tiles

Power Output: 2500MW

Life Span: 50 years

Cost: $40,000

**Power Density: 156.25 MW/tile**

Cost Efficacy: $16/MW

7.) Average Power Density of the Other Power Plants: 38.22MW/tile

Average Cost Efficacy of the Other Power Plants: $25/MW**Calculating the maximum population achievable based on the optimum configuration for the infrastructure:** The Arcologies of the city have all been clustered into groups of four in an 8x8 grid with each type of Arcology being within that grid. Since there are 40,000 tiles in the game, the maximum number of grids that can be constructed is 625, but because the Arcologies require electricity from an external source, space must be made to accommodate the best type of power plant available, the fusion power plant.

Since there are a total of 2,500 Arcologies that can be built in the space provided by the game, and they each use 5MW of power, they will consume an estimated,

2,500 Arcologies x 5MW =

**12,500MW** With 2,500 MW of power per fusion plant, the total number of fusion plants needed to sustain such a city is,

12,500MW/2,500MW =

**5 Power Plants**Because the power plants will occupy space, it will be deducted from the space that can occupied by the Arcology grids, with an area of 16 tiles per fusion plant and 5 fusion plants needed, the total area they will occupy is,

16 tiles/plant x 5 =

**80 tiles**Thus the total area available to the Arcologies is,

40,000 total tiles - 80 used tiles =

**39,920 spare tiles for the Arcologies**With 64 tiles occupied by each Arcology grid and 39,920 spare tiles, the total number of grids that can be built is,

39,920 tiles/64 tiles =

**623.75 tiles**Because there are five fusion plants that will be used, the fifth fusion plant will infringe on the space occupied by one of the Arcology grids, therefore, the space of the Arcology with the lowest population capacity, the forest Arcology will be used up by the fifth fusion plant instead for that one grid.

With a total of 39,920 available tiles and 16 tiles used by each Arcology, the total number of Arcologies that can be built is,

39,920/16 tiles per Arcology =

**2,495 Arcologies**Because one grid will have a fusion plant in its place of the forest Arcology to be built there, the total population in that grid will amount to,

55,000 People in the Plymouth Arcology + 45,000 People in the Darco Arcology + 65,000 People in the Launch Arcology =

**165,000 People**For the remaining 623 grids with 2,492 Arcologies, and 623 of each type of Arcology, the total population of all the Arcologies is,

**Plymouth Arcology:** 623 Arcologies x 55,000 People =

**34,265,000 People****Forest Arcology:** 623 Arcologies x 30,000 People =

**18,690,000 People****Darco Arcology:** 623 Arcologies x 45,000 People =

**28,035,000 People****Launch Arcology:** 623 Arcologies x 65,000 People =

**40,495,000 People****Total Population:** 165,000 People from the Arcology grid with a fusion plant + 34,265,000 People from the Plymouth Arcologies + 18,690,000 People from the Forest Arcologies + 28,035,000 People from the Darco Arcologies + 40,495,000 People Launch Arcologies =

**121,650,000 People****Calculating the total cost of building the Arcology City:****Plymouth Arcology:** 624 Arcologies x $100,000 =

**$62,400,000****Forest Arcology:** 623 Arcologies x $120,000 =

**$74,760,000****Darco Arcology:** 624 Arcologies x $150,000 =

**$93,600,000****Launch Arcology:** 624 Arcologies x $200,000 =

**$124,800,000**Fusion Power Plants: 5 Plants x $40,000 =

**$200,000** Total Cost of the Arcology City:

**$480,560,000****Images showing how the city is structured:**1.) The four types of Arcology side by side:

2.) An image showing how the Arcology grid containing all four types of Arcology are arranged:

3.) An image showing how the fusion power plants are arranged, with the fifth plant occupying the space for the forest Arcology in one of the grids:

4.) An image showing a corner of the Arcology city:

5.) An image showing the center of the Arcology city:

6.) A poster of the Combine Arcology:

7.) A poster of a block of the Arcology city:

8.) A Launch Arcology fan art: