Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 61,336 Show data context 176,395 Show data context 100,150 Show data context
1971 69,183 Show data context 148,282 Show data context 79,656 Show data context
1981 80,955 Show data context 138,385 Show data context 70,451 Show data context
1991 93,587 Show data context 125,288 Show data context 58,891 Show data context
2001 84,520 Show data context 171,558 Show data context 90,208 Show data context
2011 75,049 Show data context 194,261 Show data context 91,153 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, Lancashire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st July 2024