Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 6,112 Show data context 18,778 Show data context 9,568 Show data context
1971 9,577 Show data context 17,527 Show data context 9,396 Show data context
1981 12,419 Show data context 17,624 Show data context 7,958 Show data context
1991 14,840 Show data context 15,380 Show data context 6,500 Show data context
2001 13,988 Show data context 22,771 Show data context 10,251 Show data context
2011 12,301 Show data context 24,985 Show data context 11,643 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, Bedfordshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: https://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10032921/cube/SOCIAL_GRADE

Date accessed: 19th July 2024