Total Playable Sims, as of January 2082: 99
baby: 5 (gestating 3)
(Now you know how my hood got so big! Most of those family Sims are older residents, and family aspirations are given much more sparingly in the current generations.)
Lakeside Heights: 46
Lake City: 35
Bluewater Township: 16
Three Lakes: 2
Total Playable Households: 33
Non-playable playables: 32
Total estimated living population (Lake County and abroad): 824
419 male/ 405 female
Now for population control. My ideal head-count would be about 24 households (not counting uni) and between 80-90 Sims. As you can see, we're a little overpopulated right now ;)
I hate to get all child-restricting and all, but I might have to persuade some couples to only have one. I'm already restricting the number of family Sims I assign in my current youth generation. I've reduced my fertility rates, and I'm also finally discouraging the marrying-in of townies, but you know, they can marry who they really want to marry around here.
how I keep track of them all:
This is my actual Sim sheet that I use to keep track of everyone. I thought it would be fun for you to see how I track them. It's just one page, nothing too complicated, just all of their names in birth order. The sheet is usually a lot messier than this, but I've just reprinted it. I usually reprint it once every round, but until then, I'll handwrite any move-ins or babies born, and cross off any move-aways or deaths.
- Along the top is my calendar, and what month I'm currently playing. The (fall) and (spring) are uni semesters, and (SB) is the uni spring break.
- Along the left side are my non-playables, and they're slotted in by approximate age as well.
- The two numbered columns are (on the left) what their age bar should say at the end of their turn, and (on the right) what age in years they'll be in the second half of the round. If they are played in the first year of the round, they will be one year younger than what that number says.
- You'll see notes throughout (M by Meadow's name means she owes that much from her school fund, the B by Bryson's name means that he's due that much for his apartment rent payments, and Orlando has a to-do list of portraits that people have ordered).
- Some of them have height adjustments written above their names, and unless otherwise stated, they are default height.
- The purple sticky note to the right is for my four uni sessions, and whether the students have paid their tuition yet.
- There are aspiration notes for my teens and older children, and my tallies to make sure there is an even balance in the current generation (skimping on the family aspirations). The circled B by Angelo's name means that he's drawn to be bisexual - unless stated, they've drawn straight. I usually decide their aspirations when they're 10 or 11, so that I'll know their characters a little better when they age to teen. Some of them I know even sooner than that.
- The bottom right corner is my total count, by neighborhood generation. My neighborhood generations are loosely defined, but the fourth generation will end around the time most of my third generation Sims have finished having children (which will probably be pretty soon). There will probably be born some actual fifth generation Sims before that time, and there will probably be born some actual fourth generation Sims after, but you know, this is just a benchmarking thing.
Feel free to ask questions if you like.
And happy Easter! :)