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    City Sizes and Populations

    I'm looking for a good Web site that list's a city populations and thecity sizes. I'm trying to build the D&D equivalent of "Zion." In my campaign world, it will be the last human city, so I want it to be big.

    At first, I choose three million people, but then I learned that some U.S. states have that many people. A D&D metropolis is too small... I have to find a happy balance.

    So... if anyone has some good links, pass 'em my way!

 

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    Rome numbered about a million people during it's peak. That seems like a good number for the last human stronghold. It's not excessively large, but it allows for a large and strong base.

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    There's nothing wrong with a city of three million people. Remember, it IS fantasy. It actually makes the most sense if there's one big bad evil overlord ruling the entire world, the mega-city being his capital of course.

    My biggest city clocks in at 1.7 million.

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    Okay, well let me throw this into the mix:

    The city was only founded 500 years ago. Before that, humans were slaves. So, in a nutshell, they have basically no technology. Everything they have had to of been made in the last 500 years. This sort of prohibits very large buildings.

    Also, there is almost no magic. Only five people in the city can cast spells, and only up to 6th level. That limits what can be done as well.

    If I kept it at 3 million, with the above stipulations, what would be a realistic city size?

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    You could still make it happen. There may be some VERY valuable resource (I'd imagine involving food and water for all the people) causing people to cluster there. It may be a divine garden for example.

    Or maybe it's the only free city of humans in the world, and they are surrounded by the former slave holders on the outside.

    Or perhaps the environment itself is hostile, with noxious winds and unfertile soil all around a relative oasis.

    The city could have been built by a powerful ruler who wants all his people close at hand.

    At any rate, remember... Chicago was nothing but a wall two hundred something years ago.

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    Yes but... how big would this city be?

    Any one have a link to a site that would city populations and sizes? I'm still lookin'!

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    What were the human slaves doing more than 500 years before? Some of them could have been working on building construction.

    I don't know what you consider "very large" but the Romans had multi-level apartment buildings, I think 4 or 6 floors in height.

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    http://intarch.ac.uk/antiquity/storey.html

    Says that if Rome was a million people, its population density must have been 72,150, the same as modern-day Hong Kong. Let's drop it slightly, say 50,000 for your city. A population of 3 million would then take up 60 square kilometers, or (I think) roughly 23 square miles.

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    See the last post on this page.

    3 million people works out to about 49,180 acres (76 square miles) which works out to about 9 miles square. Big.

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    Venice reached some 400,000 at its peak (during the renaissance). Moscow made it over 200,000.

    A million person city, or even three million, is not impossible, but careful thought needs to be given to geography (especially waste removal and water supply - food supply is partially polotics and economics).
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