Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 253,408 Show data context 852,222 Show data context 519,116 Show data context
1971 266,338 Show data context 747,023 Show data context 376,767 Show data context
1981 320,500 Show data context 664,285 Show data context 329,052 Show data context
1991 370,473 Show data context 560,931 Show data context 279,743 Show data context
2001 342,607 Show data context 760,576 Show data context 430,826 Show data context
2011 317,195 Show data context 885,165 Show data context 463,536 Show data context
Date: Source:
1951 - 2011 Census of Population

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We combine here modern census statistics, based on people's occupations but classified according to the Market Research Society's system of Social Grades, with historical data reported using the broadly equivalent Registrar-General's Social Classification. Combining the two systems means we have to merge professionals and managers into Grade A/B; cannot divide skilled and supervisory workers into manual and non-manual; and must merge unskilled and semi-skilled manual workers with those on benefits, etc. Limitatio...

ns of the data reported in 1951 mean we can report only on male workers.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Yorkshire and the Humber GovOf through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st July 2024