So I happened to make it even worse. My save file is now 285mb, which I can’t load the file anymore because there isn’t a buffer big enough and I just before I saved for the last time and exited I was running at 9.75 gig of ram with a CPU load generally around 50% idle, probably because I refused to get more than 12 Hearthlings.
I’m really sad I never got to even start my epic statue I spent 3 hours designing, I did save the template though!
Here’s the last screenshot the save game kept for some minor reference.
Nobody was ever getting stuck or failing to find tasks, was running generally fine except for the high memory usuage unlike my previous settlement that was very similar to this one but with 30 Hearthlings and probably around 50 Goblins that had spawned and stayed stuck in their camp.