How To: CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!

CityVille Guide

So you want to win CityVille, or maybe just pass up your friends? Here are a few simple tips to help get you the results you want!

Scroll to the end for charts (you know you love charts!!)

 This information subject to change at any time. CityVille is a brand new game and is still being tweaked to find the best balance. If you see discrepancies, you can make a note in the comments below. Hope you enjoy my guide! 

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!

Order of Operations

There are many limiting factors in this game (energy, goods, money, etc.) so you want to choose the best things to focus on if you are trying to level up quickly. Keep an eye on your XP bar. If you're about to level up, try to use up all your energy first as you will get a partial refill. You may want to hold off on accepting neighbor help if you're really close. 

1. Supply your franchises! - Franchises pay out the best ratio of coins/ good. Franchise your neighbor's cities as MUCH as you can! (see charts below to pick the best business based on your stats)

If you need goods first:

a. Send the 5 minute Charlie Train (does not use energy and brings back lots of goods!)

b. Let your neighbors tend your ships and crops.

c. Shipping is better than Farming!!!

2. Activate the neighbors

Accept their help and follow them around. Try to get your bonus meter up all the way! 5 bonuses for the first stage, and 4 for to fill the bar for each next stage (there are 10 stages, so click on 51 bonus items).

3. Harvest your soon to expire ships/ crops until your storage is full

4. Collect from your best paying buildings (or the ones you need collectibles from)

5. Don't forget your community buildings! They usually give you an energy or 2 too!

6. Use remaining energy on highest payout to lowest payout buildings and to refill your goods.

Center of the action

Put your crops in the middle of your game if you are in short goods supply so your neighbors will help you get goods faster and harvest them without using your energy.

Shipping is far more profitable than farming, so work on expanding your shipping business! You can fit as many as 8 boats/ pier. 

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!

Decorations = Profit!

Make a profitable square surrounded with decorations. Get that bonus up as high as possible! You can use the 'move' tool to put ready buildings in there to harvest.

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!

Surround your best buildings with decorations to increase your profits.

Good decorations to use are those that give more bouses than the space they take up. Bronze statue, pink flowers, arboretum, and the plaza are good examples. Put the large decorations as far away from the center as possible so you have space to fill in more little decorations. 

You can create another ring around your initial profit square with some decorations. I did this because it is VERY time consuming to move each building into the center to collect the max bonus. This also lets me collect the money and xp faster, thus increasing my bonus bar.

Franchises add bonus too, but are very large (5x5) and can block things behind them. Consider putting trees and goods storage behind franchises if you want to use them for bonuses. You get +2%/ floor. 

If you're willing to spend money on your online entertainment, for just $10 you can get 75 city cash which you can use to buy the fun bonus boosting decorations like the tennis court, bridge pond, bandstand, etc. These 3 will increase your bonus square by a whopping 128%!

Connecting to Roads

You do NOT need to connect community buildings or franchise headquarters to roads. I recommend putting the community buildings far from the active parts of your city so you have space.

You can connect buildings to roads using Sidewalks!!!! Do this to fit more decorations around your businesses and houses. 

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!


Zynga games are social games! CityVille allows you to franchise on other people's cities and have them put their businesses on yours! Ask your friends to put out a plot for your businesses and be sure you supply them as often as possible. 

You get the most coins/ good from supplying 5 star businesses. Use your best businesses in your franchises and ask your neighbors to do the same on yours. There is a limit to how many plots you can put out (20) and you can remove your neighbor's lower businesses if you want. 

Try to max out your franchises with businesses from neighbors who will supply often. You get coins, goods and energy every time they supply!

Your coin bonus will decrease over time, so be sure to check often and supply all your franchises!

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!


If you need goods: Tend your neighbor's crops and put your crops in the middle of your city for your neighbors to tend.

If you need coins: Tend their housing, water their crops, speed up the boats, tend businesses (slow), or cut down trees. 

2 neighbors tended the same boat/crop!
- When a neighbor harvests your goods and an empty ship/ plot is left behind, you can refill that spot with a 1 hour good (like Shanghai shipping or Eggplants). When you accept help from the next neighbor, the spot will be ready to collect again!

- You might build a strategy around this were you leave a ship or crop ready for a little while and let your neighbors all tend that spot over and over while you just refill it. 

Time limits

You can send gifts to all your friends a few times per day. I'm not sure the limit, but try every 6 hours or so and you can gift and get the most gifts possible!

You can visit your neighbors and tend things on their cities every 12 hours. Visit them often to boost your reputation and get goods or coins. You will only get the bonus popup screen once/ day.

Crops and shipped goods expire, so come back in time and collect them before they die. You neighbors can also save them for you, and post more goods on your wall, so if they do go bad, you can wait until someone takes care of them for you. 

Reference Charts!!

I loooove making charts and choosing what I buy/ tend most often to get the most profits. Make sure you have a variety of buildings so you can complete all the collections you need to/ that give you the trade in bonus you want.

Housing - Choose your houses based on how often you play, your space requirements, how much money you have, etc.! Lower level players (under 25) may opt for the Terraced Brownstone. Higher levels will find success with Colonial Chalet and Skyscraper Condos!

TIP: The higher your population, the faster you large businesses will become ready, thus the incentive to buy high priced housing.

I don't focus on housing for income, but it's nice as you don't need to supply them with goods. Perhaps put them in the center of your city so your neighbors can collect rent for you!

*Click chart to see larger*

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!

Businesses - For low level players, Video Games makes a great 2nd or 3rd franchise! Cosmetics store is also nice for low levels (4.8)

Like with everything else, you want variety so you get the collectibles, but remember to focus on franchising and mainly collecting from the highest paying businesses!

If you've unlocked them franchise these: Jewelry Store, Sushi bar, Handbags, and Wedding shop! If you haven't, you might want to wait (yes, they're that good).

*Click chart to see larger*

CityVille Guide - Strategies and Secrets to help you succeed!

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Hey, what is the best business for coins/goods/energy ratio?
I'm using the pool hall just now as I found the 4 x 4 business to have best bonus percentage and has better cost/coin/good ratio but don't know if cinema would work out better for energy use.
please help
thank you

i have a big probem were i cant water my neighbours crops :( they are either wanted to be harvested or revived!!! :(
so could anyone please help me and tell me what should i do:(
i've been trying for 4 or 5 days !! :(

theres nothin mch you can do. just keep going back in the hope that someone has jst planted some.

My name is Geoffrey Alexander Rose Soto and is the same in Facebook, be my neighbour in Cityville I accept quickly... :)

I accidentally tore down one of my franchise HQs in Cityville. Does anyone know how to rebuild it?

It's ganna be in your inventory, it's like your storage, but you have to rebuild it back up.

the hq is still in your inventory so its still good bred u just gotta waste more energy making it again

Add me? I'm in desperate need of neighbors.
I send gifts often, so... yeah. ;)

be my neighbor in cv. rita burkhead from tuscaloosa, al

add me

How do you increase the franchise plots you can put in your city? Mine has said max franchise reached for a long time now. Also, I need neighbors so please add me, I'd love you to visit your cities.

Does anyone know if City Ville has an Accept All for the gifts like there is in Farm Ville, would be really handy...

I thought I was on the MOVE tool, but was still on the REMOVE tool :( I accidentally removed my Wedding Chapel. I did not get a "do you really want to..." box, giving me the chance to change my mind, it was just gone. I looked in my inventory, and did not see it there. Is my only option to purchase and build up another Wedding Chapel, from scratch?

can anybody say me How can i send gifts JUST my online friends, a quick way than writing one by one,
Thanks for your answer

anybody interested in being my neighbor feel free to add me.....level 41 :)

thankz for the tips. . . .please add me ,so we can be a neighbor in cityville. . .i will send u gifts everyday. . . thankz guyz. . . .

please lemme knw how to play

In Cityville I have someone that has around 40 of my franchise stores. I dont know how hey got them but hey has 29 department stores alone.

If anyone know of the name of the person thats city is called .......... A Friend's City............ I would like to know who they are. I would like to find a way to delete them out of my system. I dont have them on my friends list nor my neighbor.

contact me if y ou have any leads

I need help! I just started this cityville,
and I try to add neighbors but the ONE person I'm trying to add, there name won't show when I type it in.. ?? WHat's goin on? and I need friends to build a city hall so I can up my business, and none of my friends except for 2 ever get on .lol hELPP

I will be your neighbor, send me an invite....

how does one add items from inventory to wishlist?

Yes,I'd like to know this too!!

How do i get a pier? it says i need to do the new seaport challenge?? but thats not in my cv?

I need a neighbor how can I get one??

how do you thank your neighbor for checking in to your hotel?

my city ville pissed me off so much right now. some of my buildings are missing and crops and even tho i don't move my mouse it keeps on moving.

I am in desperate need of neighbors!! I dont know how to send u guys requests so could anybody send me some??? Thanks soooo much!

This is very informative article. I am waiting for your another update.


How does the "share" button in inventory work? Is there a way to sell unwanted items, like shops?

if u wnt 2 sell something in your inventory just click on it , place it in your city (do not build it) then click on the arrow button u should see a remove button click on that and it will tell u how much u will get for it and ask if u wish to sell ;) x

can you move extension land one you have placed it

What do I do with my stuff when it says my inventory is full??

please I need neighbors. I am stuck. Invite me

I am stuck on level 18. I need neighbors. please help :)

How do you get Kylah to move into the dorms?? She doesnt show up on the list of avalable people... Im really confused...

I have added new neighbors and echanged gifts but when it comes to hire them in my community buildings they don't appear on any of my lists of choices. I use IE and Chrome and same results. Please help!!!!!

My new building just vanished as soon as i put it down. why did that happen? how do i get it back? can i get back?

How do you contact support? My materials requests for the Casino and the new Soccer stadium are not posting on the feed. It is very frustrating. The only thing I need to finish the casino are those materials, it has been weeks and I am unable to post, i.e. receive, i.e. finish. I'm still working on stadium goals but it is not letting me post those material requests onto the feed either. So I can see that I will not be able to finish. I have been looking for 3 days now, how do I contact support at cityville to get this fixed. Or maybe there is no support. If my game has broken parts I want to fix them... who wants to play with a broken toy. :(

my friend list has been disable....i can't able select a friend and send requst can i get back the friend list....rply...please

I can harvest my crop but goods meter doesnt increase.. So i cant stock good for my shops.. Cant earn money.. Pls help me

How do I get my Cityville to go back to its normal color again. Just did the holloween thing and it has all gone dark

all you need to do is go to Special under the build menu and halloween and there should be a button you click to go back to normal, it cost 100 coins thats all...

Hi all, I really need assistance with The NEW SEAPORT Quest. I have contacted support and thats a waste of time, they dont tell you anything but we are working on it and leave it at that. I know many people have the piers so they probably look at it as not a big deal, but i need it, its almost like my game skipped over that quest or something, any help would be appreciated & ADD ME as a NEIGHBOR please...

Hi!I can't place hunted tree decoration and bobbers decoration for a long time!!I don't know what to do!!please help me!!!the game crashes all the time!!thx

Why 99% of players are using the worst methods to build their city and how to avoid making the same mistakes!?

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How to publish games and app activity. I unknowingly removed it? How do i recover? Please help

hey guys help me...i can't put a hotel or house in my land. what am i suppose to do?

maybe your population isnt big enough. You might need to add some community buildings.

What happens when cityville runs out of expansion room? do we just give up on it? When I run out of room I'd like to keep expanding. If there is no room I obviously can't.

When you run out of room its time to manage space. I have run out of room so what I do is replace low population buildings with high. Dont get rid of high coin stuff that might take a while to replace since it might be required for a quest. Keep at least one business of each. The key also is to create a bonus area. You can move businesses into this zone when it is time to collect to get a higher pay out. Higher pay out means you can buy higher population housing that takes up less area.

The last post was from my husband greg ibbotson, he addicted to the game? If you want to be neighbors friend request him.

Thanks for your thought in your OP. :) If you dont have an item and a neighbor asks for one are we still able to send one? When we send a gift does it come out of our supply?

cityville stadiums are gone after i put in storage, why?

hai there i was not able to play cityville for a long time and now i am was able to play it. now my problem is my zonning permits need 20 cash to unlock and to expand. how can i earn cash. like how cash is given or alloted. what improment if i make will my zooning petmits get unlocked? please help me!!

i do not know ? to have 10000000 coin in cityville to have 10 tower eats

i am having a hard time adding residences to my harmony heights-i added two but now when i try to fill the next one, when i clicked on the icon and tried to move it over a house nothing happened what am i not doing?

Hello I am looking for neighbors
Kind regard


Thank you for this page. I've never plaid any of these type of online games & since Tues. have gotten to level 19.
Does anyone have problems with the city cash? I have tried 6 or 7 times to fill out the INITIAL survey to see what surveys you should get, on two different networks, and I always freezes on the questions about pets; even tried saying no pets. Still froze. I also tried signing up for the Flixster account/movie and, once I filled out ALL the info & ready to get my cash I got some kind of "inaccurate information" message. Is this a scam to make you pay real money?? Please help as I've many understaffed public buildings and no one looking after Santa's reindeer.

having problem getting neighbors to help me finish city hall and i dont have any cash... can anyone help me??

On Ready for Primetime goal it says to collect from 40 shipping routes. I have been unloading from my ships for 2 days and it is not counting towards. Any suggestions??

Please add me Im under Florenceville Inn . I will add you and send gifts and visit you all the time .

add me if u need help with stuff ...

hello everyone, i am on level 93/94 on cityville and i presume you guys play cityville too, you all at least know what to do which is Great!! i have notice you all seem like cool neighbours and i need DAILY ACTIVE USERS as i have my own CITYVILLE GROUP which i am ADMIN of :) please add me guysss Matty Mufc De Silva.... Thanks!!!

I have lost access to the Little Italy goal. How do I find it?

How do u get more cash besides when you level up? it took me less than two days to get to level 10 but i used the cash for other things but i still need more! i have yet to expand my land. please help me.

i have discovered that the venetian palace, the waterslide and the spanish opera house can be placed in the water - what other buildings can be placed in the water? i need the space. ;) x

Why am I missing some buildings and other things that was in my inventory? Been slow on being able to expand my city, so it's hard to add things when don't have any open areas. Please help and thanks for any assistance.

I can see any neighbors on my list when asking for help. Only FB friends who don't play games. This has been going on for almost 12 hours now. Any suggestions? Thank you.

im new to can i change the name of my ville?tnx

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add me as a neighbor i am lvl 89 and play several times a day :)

Hi guys i learned how to get unlimited CityVille coins for free enjoy!!!

its really easy to find a good and comfortable place nearly so that you dont have to go round and round to different places just to find a simple beautiful place for your dream place or office.

I am at level 64.. how to unlock SCIENCE CENTER?
Someone said that if i reached level 30 I will automatically get that science center
But I cant get that..
Someone help me..

how update airport terminal extension berrad my airport updating plz sim body help me

i made Venetian place, Effie tower & Moscow mention but not got pyramids . what to do?

i made Sail boat and made sailboat pier and floated on sea , but since than not traced back, what & where to Locate ?

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