SimCity BuildIt Best Layouts

Your city layout is the foundation of all success in SimCity BuildIt – space is always limited and with the wrong setup you can pretty much limit yourself at the later game.

I have been putting together some really effective layout blueprints here for you that you can take and apply to your own city in SimCity BuildIt – they all try to use as few space as possible to get the highest and most happy population for you that will fill your tax income.

SimCity BuildIt Best Layouts For Beginner

Why starting out with a beginner layout when you need do demolish them later anyway? Good question! The reason is that you won’t be able to reach the end game without a solid beginner layout and when you start placing your beginner buildings you will never be able to make it to the next level. You won’t have space, you won’t earn the money and won’t unlock the best buildings.

A city is a never finished thing, in real life and also in SimCity BuildIt. You will have to re-design it from time to time, that’s completely normal. No worries, you won’t use your buildings when redesigning your city, you only need to build the roads again and level them up and that’s less effort than you might think now.

So, long story short – if you’re a beginner and haven’t unlocked the highest service buildings and at least half the map you should go with one of these designs first. (Good news, you can use those layout setups and add them instead of starting from scratch!)

Beginner Layout (Small Service Stations)

This layout here work great if you are in the earlier stage of SimCity BuildIt and you don’t have the Simoleons for the expensive fire department, police station or hospital. They have a really large radius but only pay off if you have the city developed around it.

You set up your roads like shown above and can put multiple of these setups next to each other. At the left and right side you have 2 small fire stations and the small medical station and police station in the middle. This will cover the whole 16 residential buildings.

In this layout, you boost your population with the 2 parks at the outside intersections that you can use to full up with other parks. This layout gets more and more effective when you have multiple of them next to each other.

Alternative Beginner Layout for SimCity BuildIt

The above setup works nice and the more parks you add, the more efficient it gets. If you feel like this is wasting some space or you only have some smaller spaces left on your map in SimCity BuildIt I have here another setup that will work just fine.

As you can see this is 7 residential buildings combined with a small fire department, small police station, and small clinic and a 1×1 tile park to boost the population a little bit. You can place multiple of these where you need them, they are working as they are and using the space they take as optimal as possible.

Best Layout for SimCity BuildIt

Now let’s have a look at the endgame layout that will help you reach a population that will blow your mind.

Great Intermediate Layout

I have enjoyed using this layout myself for a long time as it is easy to expand and you can use the medium service buildings for it. The more you progress and the better population boosting buildings you get you can fit them in here easily as you like.

I have used this myself until I redesigned my whole city when I unlocked the full map in SimCity BuildIt.

You basically build 4×4 and 4×5 sqaures next to each other – when you want to expand you can continue to the side or repeat at the bottom.

Then you place the medium service buildings every 2 tiles like I have tagged you in the picture above and fill up with 4 residential buildings in every compartment. As you can see you can still fit plenty of 1×2 recreation structures in there to boost your population.

10+ Million Population Layout

This layout here requires you to use the full city space, so you need to have pretty much the whole map unlocked and rebuild your city roads from the scratch – in the end you will be able to get a population of more than 10 million people in SimCity BuildIt.

The design used here has also been posted a couple of times, you can see it here on Reddit.

…more coming soon…


As I said in the beginning, your layout is key in SimCity BuildIt and you should really be using an effective layout over a beautiful design unless you have been unlocking the whole map.

If you have a layout that is working great, please share it and leave a comment so we all can benefit from it 🙂

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