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20xPopulation5 Population is a term used in Civilization V to represent the Citizens living in each of the population centers, or cities, of your civilization. Citizens are the main workforce of the empire, occupying all the labor slots in and around your cities. As such, they're paramount for the productivity of each city, and the empire as a whole.

20xPopulation5 Population is represented by a number that indicates both the number of Citizens inhabiting a city and its general size. This number is not literal, and is instead used for gameplay purposes (for example, each individual Citizen can occupy a single job slot). If a city has 1 20xPopulation5 Population, or Citizen, it does not mean there is literally only one person living there; it means the city is a very small village. A city with a 20xPopulation5 Population of 10 is a concentrated urban area, and a city with a 20xPopulation5 Population of 20 or more is a major metropolitan area. The size differences between cities are represented graphically as well as by 20xPopulation5 Population - whereas a newly founded village will barely occupy the middle of its tile, a sprawling metropolis will spill over into neighboring tiles.

Each new city starts with a 20xPopulation5 Population of 1, or 1 Citizen. It can subsequently grow or shrink its 20xPopulation5 Population according to the rules of 20xFood5 Food consumption and distribution, though it will always have at least 1 Citizen.