Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 147,414 Show data context 509,131 Show data context 283,273 Show data context
1971 151,571 Show data context 411,392 Show data context 215,019 Show data context
1981 169,206 Show data context 352,202 Show data context 183,220 Show data context
1991 190,563 Show data context 286,981 Show data context 138,185 Show data context
2001 175,119 Show data context 377,130 Show data context 222,121 Show data context
2011 168,943 Show data context 450,149 Show data context 245,413 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, Greater Manchester Met.C through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th July 2024