Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 20,318 Show data context 74,871 Show data context 33,709 Show data context
1971 27,548 Show data context 76,625 Show data context 34,464 Show data context
1981 39,451 Show data context 74,853 Show data context 33,191 Show data context
1991 53,933 Show data context 74,373 Show data context 35,131 Show data context
2001 52,984 Show data context 99,002 Show data context 48,571 Show data context
2011 48,321 Show data context 116,485 Show data context 54,380 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, Northamptonshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th October 2019