How many people can you have in a settlement in Fallout 4?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

In Fallout 4, the number of settlers you can have in a settlement is determined by several factors. The default maximum population for each settlement is 10 settlers. However, this number can be increased based on the character’s Charisma stat.

The base maximum Charisma stat is 10, but it can be increased further through leveling up and finding items like the Charisma bobblehead and the You’re SPECIAL! magazine. Each point of Charisma adds one additional settler to the maximum population. So, with a base Charisma of 10, the maximum settlement population would be 20 (10 default + 10 from Charisma).

It’s worth noting that additional Charisma can be gained through various means, including wearing Charisma-boosting armor or consuming items like the Grape Mentats or Day Tripper drugs. These temporary boosts can help increase the settlement population further.

For example, let’s say your character has a base Charisma of 10 and is wearing armor that provides an additional +2 Charisma. This would bring your effective Charisma to 12, allowing for a maximum settlement population of 22 (10 default + 12 from Charisma).

It’s important to keep in mind that having a high settlement population can have both advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, more settlers can contribute to the overall productivity and defense of the settlement. They can also provide additional resources and crafting options. On the other hand, managing a large population can be challenging, as settlers require food, water, shelter, and defense. So, it’s crucial to ensure that your settlement is equipped to handle the needs of a larger population.

In my personal experience with Fallout 4, I have found that having a higher settlement population can be beneficial, especially when it comes to defending against attacks from raiders or other hostile factions. It’s satisfying to see a well-protected and thriving settlement with a bustling community of settlers going about their daily tasks.

To summarize, the maximum population for a settlement in Fallout 4 starts with a default of 10 settlers and can be increased based on the character’s Charisma stat. Each point of Charisma adds one settler to the maximum population. Additional Charisma can be gained through armor and consumables. However, managing a larger population comes with its own challenges, so it’s essential to ensure that the settlement can meet the needs of the settlers.