Population Rebalance v0.6

Population Rebalance v0.6

The goal of this mod is to rebalance population structure and education needs, to be more realistic. It will reduce the number of Children and increase the number or Teens, thus balancing the needs for Elementary and High Schools.

Version 0.5 introduces lots of fixes and changes to Birth and New Households processes. Please read the description. You may configure most of them or even turned off, if you like so.

Version 0.6 changes the assembly name – please remove the old config file RealPopMod.cfg.


Lifecycle adjustments

  • Default thresholds for licycle stages are changed from 21/36/84 to 12/21/75. As a result, population structure should be more realistic i.e. 15% Children, 10% Teens, 60% Adults and 15% Seniors. These are approximate numbers ofc, may differ in your cities.
  • The thresholds can be individually set in the config file.
  • At the end you should see the changes in population structure like this.

Graduation probability

  • Graduation process is more restrictive. Cims following typical education path will spend more time in High School, College and University. In Vanilla game they usually graduated after 1-2 days, rarely more. With this mod, they will spend a minimum number of days which is defined in the config file.
  • By default: 3 days/years in High School, 4 days/years in College and 5 days/years in University.
  • Graduation probability is also configurable. However, it doesn’t affect time spent in schools much (give or take 1-2 days/years for some unlucky students).

Education needs

  • As a result of the above changes, you should need less Elementary Schools, approx. 1 per 10000 citizens and a bit more High Schools, approx. 1 per 30000. College and University needs are not changed much, 1 College per 35000 and 1 University per 50-60 thousands cims.
  • Also, cims will stay longer in schools. Please note that “Average time to graduate” will now show the correct value in years, however year here is the same as day or month. So, don’t be alarmed e.g. when you see 4 years. It means that cims on average will spend 4 in-game days or months in this school.

Fixes for ApplyToSchool logic

  • Teens will no longer go to University.
  • College cannot be skipped. Vanilla game allows for direct jump from High School to University, even for Teens (famous genius Teens).
  • At the end you should see the changes in education groups ratios like this.

New households (v0.5)

  • Fixes CoupleHousehold having only 1 Adult. This bug is the main reason why so many singles move into the city. The mod makes CoupleHousehold as having 2 Adults.
  • Since there is no typical 2+1 family defined (sic!), the mod changes 2+5 family into 2+1 family. Also boosts a bit chances of 2+2 families. This further improves the structure of incoming families.
  • Fixes the bug where Children and Teens, all are spawned with age 0.
  • Fixes the bug where all StudentHousehold are single Adults at fixed age 36.
  • Allows for Adults to be at any education level. This can be turned on/off in the config file, option NewAdultsAnyEducation.
  • Allows for Teens to be spawned as StudentHousehold. They are College-ready. This can be turned on/off in the config file, option AllowTeenStudents.

Birth process (v0.5)

  • Adults cannot have children if they won’t be able to raise them before becoming Seniors. This should prevent from having families like 1 Senior with 2 Children, that usually trigger High Rent warning. This can be turned on/off in the config file, option NoChildrenWhenTooOld.
  • Introduces configurable params to control birth process, BirthChanceSingle, BirthChanceFamily and NextBirthChance. You can define a base chance to have a baby for a single mother, a family and decrease in chance with each consecutive baby.
  • The chance of having a baby is halved also when a father is a student.
  • The below picture shows Vanilla and modded distribution of families in the game. The vanilla curve is rather flat and symmetrical, produces on average 3.8 children in a family and allows for huge families like 6+ children. Modded curve is tilted towards lower number of children and chances of getting bigger families drop with every new child. On average, it results in 2.3 children per family.
  • Please note that as a result of all the above changes, the birth rate will be lower that in the vanilla game, at approx. 2/3.

New households limiter (v0.6)

  • Limits spawning of new households when the number of empty properties falls below a configurable treshold (by default 3%). This allows for Teens becoming new Adults have a chance to actually find a property. In Vanilla game, new households spawn so fast that they occupy all available buildings and new adults are forced to leave the city.
  • As a result it heavily reduces the number of cims Moving Away.
  • The feature can be turned off by setting the option FreeRatioTreshold to -1.

Requirements and Compatibility

– Cities Skylines II version 1.0.15f1
BepInEx 5


  1. Place the RealPop.dll file in your BepInEx Plugins folder.
  2. The config file is automatically created (in BepInEx\config) when the game is run once.

Known Issues

Nothing atm.


v0.2.0 (2023-12-06)
– Added config file in BepInEx/config folder.
– Newly created citizens also follow the updated lifecycle thresholds.

v0.1.1 (2023-12-05)
– Changed icon to be more readable on Thunderstore.

v0.1.0 (2023-12-05)
– Initial build.

Planned Features

Config file


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