The Rainbow Index

THE Rainbow Index ranks Commonwealth constituencies by the proportion of same-sex cohabiting relationships to mixed-sex couples using data from the 2011 Census. There were 33,711 same-sex cohabiting couples on census night, 17,581 male and 16,130 female. There are 138 mixed couples to every same-sex couple.

The ABS’s Australian Social Trends examined same-sex distribution in July 2013 and found that partners in same-sex couples were better-educated and less religious than the general population.

Like religious affiliation, degrees in the humanities, de-facto relationships and the primary Green vote it is a useful measure of progressive sentiments. However, same-sex couples live in clusters, particularly male same-sex couples, so its value is limited beyond the rainbow zones.

The top 5 rainbow seats 

Electoral District

Same-sex cohabiting couples

Ratio

 

Male

Female

Mixed/Same

Sydney

2,068

598

11

Grayndler

744

745

19

Wentworth

1,105

219

22

Melbourne

759

388

25

Melbourne Ports

701

241

32

 

The 5 straightest seats

Electoral District

Same-sex cohabiting couples

Ratio

 

Male

Female

Mixed/Same

McMahon

25

26

614

Aston

17

41

539

Fowler

29

25

532

Maranoa

19

43

530

Grey

21

40

518

 

Commonwealth Electoral Districts (A-Z)

 

Electoral District

Same-sex cohabiting couples

Ratio

 

Male

Female

Mixed/Same

Adelaide, SA

209

203

70

Aston, Vic

17

41

539

Ballarat, Vic

119

147

112

Banks, NSW

87

75

202

Barker, SA

27

66

367

Barton, NSW

187

137

97

Bass, Tas

49

39

241

Batman, Vic

216

415

43

Bendigo, Vic

77

100

169

Bennelong, NSW

85

83

199

Berowra, NSW

47

62

299

Blair, Qld

62

103

173

Blaxland, NSW

38

31

443

Bonner, Qld

85

108

164

Boothby, SA

70

94

186

Bowman, Qld

49

72

271

Braddon, Tas

26

31

387

Bradfield, NSW

71

54

273

Brand, WA

54

94

235

Brisbane, Qld

506

230

37

Bruce, Vic

41

35

398

Calare, NSW

60

72

232

Calwell, Vic

49

51

356

Canberra, ACT

143

163

124

Canning, WA

46

86

253

Capricornia, Qld

40

67

298

Casey, Vic

42

73

263

Charlton, NSW

46

110

191

Chifley, NSW

34

74

302

Chisholm, Vic

80

74

190

Cook, NSW

59

65

258

Corangamite, Vic

54

109

199

Corio, Vic

49

64

244

Cowan, WA

45

49

353

Cowper, NSW

55

109

176

Cunningham, NSW

76

122

157

Curtin, WA

124

93

137

Dawson, Qld

46

68

294

Deakin, Vic

60

59

238

Denison, Tas

112

105

92

Dickson, Qld

62

114

186

Dobell, NSW

62

101

178

Dunkley, Vic

76

82

189

Durack, WA

39

68

297

Eden-Monaro, NSW

66

96

189

Fadden, Qld

81

80

205

Fairfax, Qld

81

82

188

Farrer, NSW

42

40

360

Fisher, Qld

46

90

215

Flinders, Vic

52

92

221

Flynn, Qld

32

49

416

Forde, Qld

55

102

202

Forrest, WA

34

72

300

Fowler, NSW

29

25

532

Franklin, Tas

57

86

158

Fraser, ACT

259

305

70

Fremantle, WA

61

118

179

Gellibrand, Vic

339

279

49

Gilmore, NSW

53

85

220

Gippsland, Vic

30

75

293

Goldstein, Vic

91

95

164

Gorton, Vic

71

56

327

Grayndler, NSW

744

745

19

Greenway, NSW

54

92

241

Grey, SA

21

40

518

Griffith, Qld

257

256

55

Groom, Qld

45

56

300

Hasluck, WA

55

82

241

Herbert, Qld

74

120

157

Higgins, Vic

443

135

47

Hindmarsh, SA

77

121

151

Hinkler, Qld

31

65

320

Holt, Vic

48

77

334

Hotham, Vic

84

86

174

Hughes, NSW

42

65

306

Hume, NSW

72

97

188

Hunter, NSW

42

74

261

Indi, Vic

45

52

297

Isaacs, Vic

67

89

218

Jagajaga, Vic

72

94

176

Kennedy, Qld

41

50

358

Kingsford Smith, NSW

221

175

77

Kingston, SA

45

89

252

Kooyong, Vic

145

76

127

La Trobe, Vic

78

85

205

Lalor, Vic

164

129

161

Leichhardt, Qld

201

139

93

Lilley, Qld

168

187

88

Lindsay, NSW

58

110

187

Lingiari, NT

41

89

145

Longman, Qld

54

98

209

Lyne, NSW

62

60

240

Lyons, Tas

40

63

227

Macarthur, NSW

39

87

242

Mackellar, NSW

49

79

258

Macquarie, NSW

145

247

77

Makin, SA

45

69

273

Mallee, Vic

40

39

357

Maranoa, Qld

19

43

530

Maribyrnong, Vic

83

69

180

Mayo, SA

73

111

188

Mcewen, Vic

100

115

196

McMahon, NSW

25

26

614

Mcmillan, Vic

42

96

225

Mcpherson, Qld

104

72

173

Melbourne Ports, Vic

701

241

32

Melbourne, Vic

759

388

25

Menzies, Vic

40

27

450

Mitchell, NSW

39

52

372

Moncrieff, Qld

153

98

117

Moore, WA

36

71

326

Moreton, Qld

137

146

108

Murray, Vic

26

37

453

New England, NSW

36

78

272

Newcastle, NSW

126

175

87

North Sydney, NSW

252

89

97

O’Connor, WA

33

70

316

Oxley, Qld

73

110

166

Page, NSW

67

99

171

Parkes, NSW

27

61

359

Parramatta, NSW

81

83

210

Paterson, NSW

42

62

283

Pearce, WA

61

113

205

Perth, WA

307

219

57

Petrie, Qld

76

94

181

Port Adelaide, SA

111

164

118

Rankin, Qld

60

107

209

Reid, NSW

163

136

119

Richmond, NSW

102

142

117

Riverina, NSW

24

67

342

Robertson, NSW

86

101

156

Ryan, Qld

130

120

128

Scullin, Vic

34

36

428

Shortland, NSW

47

75

236

Solomon, NT

71

86

126

Stirling, WA

103

83

162

Sturt, SA

80

72

208

Swan, WA

143

137

111

Sydney, NSW

2,068

598

11

Tangney, WA

39

45

399

Throsby, NSW

54

67

245

Wakefield, SA

55

83

235

Wannon, Vic

27

56

340

Warringah, NSW

140

97

141

Watson, NSW

71

68

237

Wentworth, NSW

1,105

219

22

Werriwa, NSW

36

51

355

Wide Bay, Qld

63

82

214

Wills, Vic

219

284

61

Wright, Qld

63

67

250

Total

17,581

16,130

138