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A district is one of the many parts of a city in Civilization VI that manifests the city's development and specialization over time. Districts are a brand new feature in Civilization VI.

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Districts and World Wonders around a city

What is a District? Edit

A district is a distinct part of a city which is found on terrain outside the city center (i.e. the city's main tile), and which focuses on developing some gameplay aspect in this city. Think of it as a visual manifestation of the implied parts of a city in other Civilization games: a military part, a scientific part, a cultural part, etc.Civilization VI emphasizes these parts, giving them autonomy outside the City Center, and making them at the same time more powerful and more vulnerable to enemy attacks. Most Buildings of a city are now built in these Districts outside its center, where only the most essential ones (such as the Monument and Granary) reside.

Once built, districts will confer stat yields, bonuses and unlock new possibilities for their parent city, such as the ability to build certain buildings and possibly units. What's more, buildings that are related to a certain district will appear in the district itself rather than the city tile. Your Library and University, for example, will appear in your Campus district (the Civ6Science Science-oriented part of the city), not in the main city. Similarly, once you've built an Encampment district, your military units will start appearing there, instead of in the main city. Once you've built a Harbor district, you will be able to build ships there, even though your city center is away from the shore.

Most Districts are "Specialty Districts"; that is, they fulfill a specific gameplay role, not technically related to the city's basic functioning. They are subject to Population constraints, and also take part in numerous Social Policy bonuses. But the Aqueduct and the Neighborhood Districts are exceptional - they are considered an integral part of the city systems (despite being built outside of the City Center), and may be built in any city, regardless of Population and how many other Districts it has. Specialty districts also have a project attached to them. These projects take some turns and upon completion award a set amount of yields and Great Person points (depending on the district), and may be done as many times as desired.

Different districts are unlocked over time via technical or civic development. Check individual articles for specifics.

Building a District Edit

Districts are built via the normal production process of the city - just look in the Production list to find all possible Districts you've already unlocked. To build a district, however, you will need to increase the city's Citizen6 Population first. New cities won't have enough citizens to populate and work a separate district; over time, this situation will change, and you will be able to choose to add a district to the city, instead of, say, build a building or a unit. Starting from Population of 1, each 3 Citizen6 Citizens allow support for one additional District (so 4, 7, etc.).

Note that each Specialty District may only be built once in a city! This is also valid for non-Specialty Districts, the only exception being the Neighborhood. Also, once you choose a place for a District, even though you haven't finished building it yet, you will be unable to alter your choice! These two facts mean that you should really think very carefully before placing your Districts, so as to maximize your future gains and prevent conflicts of interests (for example with Wonders).

Suitable locations Edit

After you unlock a District and have enough Citizen6 Population to build it, just select it from them menu and an interface will appear in order to select a location. Valid locations will be highlighted in green. Each city can only build districts on tiles which are included in its own territory. You cannot place districts in other cities' territory, even if these other cities belong to you and the tile in question is up to three tiles away from the city center!

You cannot place a District on Floodplains Terrain (unless playing as Egypt), on a tile with a Strategic or Luxury Resource (but if you had already built a district over a Strategic Resource that requires a technology you did not have, you would still be granted access to that resource upon acquiring the technology needed for that), a tile containing an Antiquity Site or a Shipwreck (you may use these tiles later, after you excavate its Artifact), or a tile containing another District or Wonder. The tile may contain a Bonus Resource, but it will be removed on placement, so you should either reconsider the placement, or Harvest the resource beforehand.

Districts can only be built on "clean" land. Any removable feature (Woods, Rainforest or Marsh) will be removed at placement, if you have the respective technology...and if you don't, you won't be able to place the District there. Furthermore, the Harbor and Water Park Districts may only be placed on a Sea Coast tile adjacent to land; the Aerodrome and Spaceport Districts may only be placed on flat land (no Hills!), and the Encampment District cannot be placed next to the City Center. Also, the Aqueduct district must be placed adjacent to both the City Center and to a tile with River, Lake, Oasis or Mountain. The idea here is that you can decide for strategic purposes to Found a City close to, but not adjacent to these features, and later connect the city to them by an Aqueduct to get the Fresh Water Housing6 Housing bonus.

Finally, note that the native yields of the target tile will be removed, and replaced later with yields associated with the District itself (Adjacency bonus yields, as well as Specialist yields). So, take care where you place your districts! Theoretically, the best locations for Districts are tiles with little or no native yield, such as Desert or Tundra. But of course, you should pay attention to the Adjacency bonuses (current and potential) first and foremost.

The perfect location for a District will depend on many additional factors. When you choose to build a District, a special lens will appear, showing the city and its surroundings. Possible locations for the new district will be highlighted, along with some special info:

  • Little icons, combined with colored arrows show possible Adjacency bonuses. These depend wildly on the type of District you're attempting to place; one common icon, a 5-point Star, signifies "Bonus from Districts". Pay attention to these, as they may show you how you can expand Adjacency bonuses in the future.
  • A red exclamation mark means that an existing feature will be removed if you place a District there. This feature may include Terrain features such as Woods, Resources, or an Improvement.
  • A yield icon and a number (+1, +2 and more) means that if you place a District in this tile, it will benefit from bonus yields. Mouse over to see what exactly affects these bonuses.

Note that, once placed, a District cannot be removed in any way barring Razing the city!

Production cost Edit

The Civ6Production Production cost of a District is progressive, starting from a "base price" in the beginning of the game. Each technology or civic you research increases the price by the following formula:

$ FLOOR (BaseCost (1 + 9 * FLOOR (100 * MAX (CompletedTechs / 67, CompletedCivics / 50)) / 100)) $


In simpler language, the price is determined by the percentage of the total techs or civics you've researched, whichever is greater. The more techs or civics you have researched, the more expensive District construction is.

The base price for most Districts is 60 Civ6Production Production, with the exception of the Aqueduct (whose base cost is 50 Civ6Production Production), and the Spaceport (whose base cost is 2000 Civ6Production Production, equaling it to a Wonder). As a result of price scaling, Districts become increasingly more difficult to construct as the game progresses. For old, big cities this isn't such a problem, usually, (since their Civ6Production Production potential also increases gradually), but for newly established cities in the Modern and later Eras it becomes a great hindrance. So, it is highly important to place your districts the moment your city population and the relevant tech allows, or you risk wasting construction time unnecessarily. This means you need to plan ahead of time where and in what order you want to build your districts in each city. Usually, there is a generic ordering based on the phase of the game and the victory type you are pursuing. Check out the pages for each district for detailed strategy.

Moreover, the price of a District is 25% lower when the number of a given district you own is less than the all-player average. This is not necessarily useful in any strategy but has obscured player observations on district costs.

Constructing Districts, and Buildings can be accelerated via Industrial City-States. The Capital6 Capital gains a +2 Civ6Production Production bonus from every such City-State where you have at least 1 Envoy6 Envoy. All other cities which have an Industrial Zone will gain +2 Civ6Production Production bonus from every such City-State where you have 3 Envoy6 Envoys, and another +2 Civ6Production Production if you have 6 Envoy6 Envoys.

Each District you construct will come with a Road improvement underneath, starting with the City Center.

District Mechanics Edit

Each District in the game is focused on a particular gameplay aspect. For example, the Campus is focused on Civ6Science Science, and the Theater Square on Civ6Culture Culture. If you manage to activate their Adjacency bonuses, these Districts will start contributing a particular yield related to their gameplay aspect (Civ6Science Science from the Campus, Civ6Culture Culture for the Theater Square, etc.) even before you construct any Buildings in them. These yields may be enhanced further through Social Policies. For more information, see below. Furthermore, most Districts will immediately start contributing GreatPerson6 Great Person points towards a specific Great Person aligned with the District's domain; for example the Campus will contribute towards a Great Scientist.

As mentioned above, most Districts unlock specific Buildings associated with them. In fact, even the main city is now considered a separate District, called a City Center. The Monument, Granary and all other buildings available to a city right from the start are actually available only because they are associated with the only District this city has for now, the City Center. So, when you build additional Districts later, all Buildings associated with them will also unlock.

Buildings add more functionality to Districts. This usually means more of the yield the District is focused on, but it may also mean additional Housing6 Housing, certain type of Great Person Points, and also additional Citizen6 Citizen slots where you can assign Specialists. This is particularly important for very large cities, as they won't have enough terrain slots to put their Citizens to work. Building special Buildings in your Districts will provide you with alternative occupations for your Citizen workforce.

District Adjacency Bonuses Edit

Most Specialty districts may gain additional bonuses from features which surround it: terrain (such as mountains or jungle), Wonders, Tile Improvements or even other districts. For example, a Campus (the research district) will get a bonus for each adjacent mountain and jungle tile, because they are useful to scientists; while a Holy Site (the religious district) will get bonuses from adjacent Natural Wonders and woods, which help inspire people. These adjacency bonuses may also extend to certain buildings within the district (particularly unique buildings). Note that there is no requirement for the features providing the bonuses to be in your territory; for example a Campus built right next to a Mountain which is however in your neighbor's territory will still gain a +1 bonus.

Each District, including the City Center, confers a Minor Adjacency bonus to nearby districts.

Adjacency bonuses are activated upon completing the District, providing a yield even though there is nothing else in this District. However, bonuses may be activated later as well, if the conditions are right: for example, the Industrial Zone will gain additional Civ6Production Production bonus if you construct a Mine near it; and the Theater Square will gain a bonus if you construct a Wonder near it!

There are three levels of Adjacency bonuses: Major (+2), Standard (+1) and Minor (+0.5). Note that the Minor bonuses are rounded down, so if a Campus is adjacent to a Mountain (which yields Standard bonus) and one District (yielding Minor bonus), it will get a total of +1 Bonus, not +2.

In Rise and Fall the Government Plaza district confers a Standard adjacency bonus to all Specialty districts, instead of a Minor one (which other Districts usually confer). It's thus a good strategy to build it in a strategic location where you can later surround it with other Districts which make use of its additional bonuses. Theater Square districts benefit greatly from a Government Plaza, because their only other Adjacency bonus comes from Wonders, which are obviously hard to obtain.

Production-oriented Districts Edit

Certain Districts are focused on producing specific types of units: the Encampment is focused on land unit production, the Harbor on naval unit production, and the Aerodrome on airplane production. After building these Districts in a city, all relevant units will be built there in the future, not in the City Center. What's more, in certain circumstances these districts are required for you to be able to produce units:

  • Air units may only be produced in a city with an Aerodrome District.
  • Naval units which require certain strategic resources, of which you only have 1 count, may only be produced in a city with a Harbor (even if the city itself is on the coast). This restriction is lifted if you have 2 counts of the resource.
  • Land units which require certain strategic resources, of which you only have 1 count, may only be produced in a city with an Encampment. This restriction is lifted if you have 2 counts of the resource.

There are several more situations where production of a certain unit requires a District:

Buildings in production-oriented Districts confer a bonus to experience (that is, the rate at which the units earn experience) for certain or all units of the particular domain produced in this city. For example buildings in a Harbor will confer experience bonus to all ships built in the city, while an Encampment - a bonus to all land units (although there's a further distinction based on whether you constructed a Barracks or Stable in the District).

The final buildings of the Encampment and Harbor Districts, respectively the Military Academy and the Seaport permit building of units as Formations (Corps, Armada, etc.). They also boost the Production speed of these Formations, so as to be cheaper and faster to build Formations than individual units!

Area-effect Bonuses Edit

Finally, the effects of certain district-specific Buildings extend not only to their own city, but also to all other cities whose City Center is up to 6 tiles away from the relevant District. This is the case with the Factory, the Zoo and some other buildings. To make best use of this ability, try to make cities close to other cities' Industrial or Entertainment centers - they will greatly benefit their neighbors!

Note that bonuses from the same type of buildings in different Districts do not stack. Thus, if you have two Factories within 6 tiles of two different City Centers, both these cities will get only a +3 Civ6Production Production bonus, not +6.

Unique Districts Edit

Some civilizations possess unique districts that replace generic ones. For example, the Greek Acropolis replaces the Theater Square. As a rule, unique districts cost half the Civ6Production Production to build (as compared to normal ones). Note that unique districts follow the rules of the district they replace in regard to population requirements to build. For example, Germany's Hansa district replaces the Industrial Zone specialty district and does have a population requirement. However, Roman Bath districts replace Aqueducts and do not have a population requirement since Aqueducts do not have a population requirement.

Unique Districts often have more powerful - or outright different - Adjacency Bonuses than the normal Districts they replace. Read their descriptions carefully before deciding where to place them!

When a city with a Unique district changes hands (gets conquered by another civ), this District will revert to its generic equivalent. For example, the Acropolis will turn into a normal Theater Square.

Types of Districts Edit

The names of unique districts and buildings are italicized in the table.

District Buildings Adjacency Bonuses/Effects
City Center (Civ6) City Center Granary

Monument
Water Mill
Ancient Walls
Medieval Walls
Renaissance Walls
Tsikhe
Sewer

5 Housing6 Housing if adjacent to a River, Lake, or Oasis. 3 Housing6 Housing if adjacent to a Coast. 2 Housing6 Housing otherwise.

Aircraft Capacity: 1

Tile is always worked for free. Yields are at least 2 Civ6Food Food and 1 Civ6Production Production.

Campus (Civ6) Campus

Seowon (Civ6) Seowon R&F-Only

Library

University
Madrasa
Research Lab

Science-oriented District. Adds Points towards GreatPerson6 Great Scientist.

+1 Civ6Science Science from each adjacent Mountain
+1 Civ6Science Science from every 2 adjacent Rainforest and district tiles.

Holy Site (Civ6) Holy Site

Lavra (Civ6) Lavra

Shrine

Temple
Stave Church
Prasat
Worship Buildings

Faith-oriented District. Adds Points towards GreatPerson6 Great Prophet.

+2 Civ6Faith Faith from each adjacent natural wonder.
+1 Civ6Faith Faith from each adjacent Mountain.
+1 Civ6Faith Faith from every 2 adjacent Woods and district tiles.

Allows Purchasing with Civ6Faith Faith of Religious Units.

Theater Square (Civ6) Theater Square

Acropolis (Civ6) Acropolis

Amphitheater

Art Museum
Archaeological Museum
Broadcast Center
Film Studio

Culture-oriented District. Adds Points towards GreatPerson6 Great Writer, Great Artist and Great Musician.

+2 Civ6Culture Culture from each adjacent wonder.
+1 Civ6Culture Culture from every 2 adjacent district tiles.

Buildings contain Great Work slots.

Encampment (Civ6) Encampment

Ikanda (Civ6) Ikanda R&F-Only

Barracks

Basilikoi Paides
Stable
Ordu
Armory
Military Academy

Military District. Adds points towards GreatPerson6 Great General.

Has a defense value and can fight as the City Center. .

Produced military units appear here.

Cannot be built next to the City Center.

Harbor (Civ6) Harbor

Royal Navy Dockyard (Civ6) Royal Navy Dockyard

Lighthouse

Shipyard
Seaport

Seafaring District. Adds points towards GreatPerson6 Great Admiral.

+1 Civ6Gold Gold from each adjacent coastal resource.
+1 Civ6Gold Gold from every 2 adjacent district tiles.
+2 Civ6Gold Gold from adjacent City Center.

+1 TradeRoute6 Trade Route capacity.

Must be built on Coast or Lakes Terrain adjacent to land.

Produced ships will appear here. Landlocked cities with this District may produce ships.

Removes the Movement penalty for embarking and disembarking to and from this tile.

Commercial Hub (Civ6) Commercial Hub Market

Sukiennice
Bank
Stock Exchange

Commerce-oriented District. Adds points towards GreatPerson6 Great Merchant.

+2 Civ6Gold Gold from each adjacent river and Harbor, or City Center.
+1 Civ6Gold Gold from every 2 adjacent district tiles.

+1 TradeRoute6 Trade Route capacity.

Industrial Zone (Civ6) Industrial Zone

Hansa (Civ6) Hansa

Workshop

Factory
Electronics Factory
Power Plant

Production-oriented District. Adds points towards GreatPerson6 Great Engineer.

+1 Civ6Production Production from each adjacent Mine and Quarry.
+1 Civ6Production Production from every 2 adjacent district tiles.

Some District buildings' bonuses extend to each city within 6 tiles.

Entertainment Complex (Civ6) Entertainment Complex

Street Carnival (Civ6) Street Carnival

Arena

Tlachtli
Zoo
Stadium

Amenity-boosting district. Mutually exclusive with Water Park.

+1 Amenities6 Amenity

Some District buildings' bonuses extend to each city within 6 tiles.

Aqueduct (Civ6) Aqueduct

Bath (Civ6) Bath

Housing6 Housing from water is increased by 2 or set to 6, whichever is higher.

Does not require population.

Must be built adjacent to both the City Center and one of the following: River, Lake, Oasis, or Mountain.

Neighborhood (Civ6) Neighborhood

Mbanza (Civ6) Mbanza

Food Market R&F-Only

Shopping Mall R&F-Only

Gives Housing6 Housing based on tile's Appeal:

  • Breathtaking: +6
  • Charming: +5
  • Average: +4
  • Uninviting: +3
  • Disgusting: +2

Does not require population.

The Mbanza treats all tiles as Charming.

Aerodrome (Civ6) Aerodrome Hangar

Airport

Aircraft-building District (only cities with this District may built aircraft). Cannot be built on Hills.

Aircraft Capacity: +4 (+4 more with Buildings)

Spaceport (Civ6) Spaceport

Enables projects leading to the Science Victory.

Cannot be built on Hills.

Government Plaza (Civ6) Government Plaza R&F-Only Ancestral Hall

Audience Chamber
Warlord's Throne
Foreign Ministry
Grand Master's Chapel
Intelligence Agency
National History Museum
Royal Society
War Department

Unique District. May only be built once per civilization.

+8 Loyalty to this city.

+1 adjacency bonus to all adjacent districts.

+1 Governor Title.

Buildings provide varied powerful gameplay bonuses, but only one building per tier is allowed.

Water Park (Civ6) Water Park R&F-Only

Copacabana (Civ6) Copacabana R&F-Only

Ferris Wheel

Aquarium
Aquatics Center

Amenity-boosting district. Mutually exclusive with Entertainment Complex.

+1 Amenities6 Amenity

Some District buildings' bonuses extend to each city within 9 tiles.

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.

Civilopedia entry Edit

In Civilization VI, buildings are no longer trapped in your City Center, but may sprawl across your territory as part of districts. The map is more important than ever as you are faced with important strategic placement decisions. The Campus and Holy Site each receive special boosts from placement near Mountain tiles, but the Campus also benefits from a nearby Rainforest tile.

A city must expand its Citizen6 Population before it can construct multiple districts:

  • 1 Citizen6 Population for 1 District
  • 4 Citizen6 Population for 2 Districts
  • 7 Citizen6 Population for 3 Districts
  • Each additional District requires +3 Citizen6 Population

The Aqueduct, Neighborhoods, and Spaceports ignore this Citizen6 Population requirement. Districts which require a certain number of Citizen6 Population are specialty districts.

When a city is ready to construct something, the Choose Production button will appear. If a district can be constructed, it will appear on this menu. Click on the district to order the city to begin construction, opening the district placement lens. Here, you will be given an overview of the different yield outcomes available on the tiles surrounding your City Center, and you can better make a decision about where to place your district. This lens will also show you which tiles are unavailable, as some districts have very specific placement requirements (for example, the Encampment cannot be built adjacent to a City Center). Furthermore, all districts must be built within 3 tiles of a City Center.

Districts may be placed on top of features such as Woods or Rainforest if you have the technology to remove those features, but for a longer construction time. No District can be built on a floodplain.

Related achievementsEdit

Steam achievement District 12 (Civ6)
District 12
Build every district type in one city and the Colosseum
In the book series The Hunger Games, contestants from 12 districts compete in a televised fight to the death in a custom-made arena.
Steam achievement Meiji Restoration (Civ6)
Meiji Restoration
Playing as Japan, have a district with 6 adjacent unpillaged districts
The Meiji Restoration was when Japan embarked on industrialization after being visited by Europeans with superior technology.
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R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.