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To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the release of Cities: Skylines, Paradox Interactive has revealed some interesting game statistics.



Cities: Skylines Wind Turbine

To celebrate the fourth anniversary of Cities: Skylines, Paradox Interactive has revealed some interesting game statistics.

And when we say interesting, we mean really interesting.

Colossal Order’s Cities: Skylines was first released on Windows, MacOS, and Linux in March, 2015. Since then the game has sold over six million copies, comfortably outpacing the floundering Sim City franchise to become the leading city-building game its era.


Cities: Skylines has been nurtured by a constant flow of free and paid content expansions, the efforts of a strong modding community, and robust console ports for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

To mark the game’s birthday, Paradox has released some staggering numbers gathered from player data. Most eye-watering is the fact that the game has a total combined population of 2,185,317,000,000 citizens. And all praise to the humble wind turbine for being the game’s most popular building.

Cities: Skylines in numbers.

  • Total playtime: 16,938,045 days
  • Total population: 2,185,317,000,000
  • Cities built: 39,733,045 (four of these cities are mine!)
  • Unpopular mayors: 1,911,067
  • Paradox Plazas built: 7,007,128
  • Most popular building: Wind turbine
  • Mods created by the community: 175,970

Commenting on the game’s success, Sandra Neudinger, product manager at Paradox Interactive, says:

“When we first launched Cities: Skylines, we knew it was special, but we never dreamed how far players would take it.”

Colossal Order CEO, Mariina Hallikainen, adds:

“The community is the heart and soul of the game – we’re just here to give them the tools they want and need to make it their own.”

Cities: Skylines is available now on PC, Mac, Linux and console. Check out our review of the PlayStation 4 edition.

Image composite created using asset from Models Resource.

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