Recent census data shows same-sex couples are more likely to be living in inner-city Melbourne than in the state’s regional areas.

The Age reports 2011 census data shows council areas such as Yarra, Port Phillip and Maribyrnong are some of the most popular areas for same-sex couples to live.

The City of Yarra – which contains the suburbs of Fitzroy, Nortcote and Collingwood – has the most same-sex couples, making up 4.4 percent of the total number of couples in the area.

Port Phillip Council – covering Port Melbourne, St Kilda and Albert Park – has the next highest number, accounting for 3.9 percent of total couples in the area. Melbourne had 3.8 percent, Maribyrnong 2.8 percent and Stonnington 2.7 percent.

The 2011 data shows only around 15 percent of the total number of same-sex couples are living outside greater Melbourne with Hepburn Shire and Mount Alexander containing the highest proportion.

North of the border, same-sex couples make up 1.1 percent of all couples in Sydney.

In the inner-city electorate of Sydney, however, same-sex couples make up 11.3 per cent of all couples. Marrickville is next highest with 7.4 per cent, Leichhardt with 3.5 percent and Woollahra with 2.7 percent.

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