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Cities Skylines 2: How To Increase Customers In Commercial Zone

If you're commercial zones are struggling in Cities Skylines 2, you might be wondering how to increase the amount of customers flowing through.
Cities Skylines 2: How To Increase Customers In Commercial Zone
Colossal Order, screenshot: Alexandra Hobbs

Cities Skylines 2 is the sequel to Colossal Order's previous city management game, Cities Skylines. Players are given the freedom to fully design, build and manage their own cities by placing roads and infrastructure that help transform a tiny village into a massive metropolis. 

As part of the management, players need to ensure that businesses are thriving and pulling in profits, which often means setting up commercial districts which give residents and tourists somewhere to spend their money. But you might run into an issue somewhere down the line where your commercial buildings seem to be lacking in customers. An icon will appear above the buildings to indicate that things aren't looking too good. So, how do you increase the amount of customers coming through? Here's what you need to know.

How Do You Get More Customers In Cities Skylines 2?

Zone placements will be a key factor in bringing in enough customers. (Picture: Colossal Order)

The easiest way to ensure that your commerical districts are pulling in enough customers in Cities Skylines 2 is to consider your zone placements. In the early game, commericial buildings work best when they're near to enough residential housing. So, for example, if you've got a huge block of housing, low-density or high-density, consider injecting a few commercial zones nearby or inbetween. For every cluster of green zones, place one or two blocks of blue.

Eventually, you'll also unlock a type of housing density that combines residential and commerical buildings. Medium density apartments will be placed above small commerical stores, much like how you'll see it in real cities. While these small stores might not grow into huge superstores, they will help ensure that your citizens have somewhere to do their shopping close-by.

You'll also want to make sure that your industrial zones have connections to the commercial zones. Your industrial factories will need a place to sell their goods, which they'll do by transporting them to commericial zones. It'll help keep costs down if your shops won't have to import their goods from outside of your city. 

Curious to know a little bit more about Cities Skylines 2? Check out our review.