Looking to move but not sure where to go? This survey might help point you in the right direction.
The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Global Livability Survey ranks cities around the world on their desirability as places to reside from least to most pleasant. Surveying 140 cities around the globe, the analysis measures factors such as stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.
Not much has changed since the EIU's last livability survey from six months ago.
In the bottom tier, conflict appears to be among the most important variables affecting the rankings. Syria's capital Damascus, which recently has seen intense fighting between the regime and opposition fighters, has dropped 13 places in the past six months, reaching the bottom of the ranking.
Conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores. This is not only because stability indicators have the highest single scores, but also because factors defining stability spread to have an adverse effect on other categories. For example, the threat of armed conflict will not just cause disruption in its own right, it will also damage infrastructure, overburden hospitals, and undermine the availability of goods, services and recreational activities.
Check out the top ten most liveable cities in the slideshow below, and vote for your favorite!
10. Auckland, New Zealand
Morning fog shrouds Auckland city on July 6, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. Fog in Auckland has caused disruption to flights around the country for the second day in a row. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)
9. Perth, Australia
A helicopter tows a large Australian flag past the Perth city skyline prior to the fireworks on the banks of the Swan River as Australia celebrates Australia Day on January 26, 2010 in Perth, Australia. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)
8. Helsinki, Finland
Herring boats are docked in front of the Finnish capital's famous market place for the 261st annual Baltic Herring Market. In the background are Helsinki's blue and white city hall and its snow-white landmark cathedral. (PAAL AARSEATHER/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Sydney, Australia
In this handout image provided by Carnival Australia, P&O Cruises 'Pacific Jewel' cruise's out of Sydney with a message of support for the New South Wales State of Origin team emblazoned across her front on June 9, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (James Morgan/Carnival Australia via Getty Images)
6. Adelaide, Australia
The Belgium Umicore Solar Team celebrates in Victoria Square fountain after Umicar Infinity crossed the ceremonial finish line to place second in the World Solar Challenge in Adelaide, 26 October 2007. (TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
5. Calgary, Canada
Fireworks explode above the skyline of Calgary during the opening ceremony for the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary in Canada. (Bob Martin, Getty Images)
4. Toronto, Canada
The sun sets over the Toronto skyline in his undated file photo. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
3. Vancouver, Canada
A view of the Vancouver skyline as seen from the Burrard Civic Marina on March 11, 2009 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
2. Vienna, Austria
The Hofburg (Imperial Palace) is lit up at night on November 30, 2007 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
1. Melbourne, Australia
A general view of the city skyline and electricity powerlines on the Mairbyrnong River in West Footscray June 4, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)