Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 124,573 Show data context 515,387 Show data context 242,858 Show data context
1971 147,696 Show data context 465,096 Show data context 231,177 Show data context
1981 159,265 Show data context 373,392 Show data context 194,391 Show data context
1991 176,474 Show data context 304,105 Show data context 149,451 Show data context
2001 157,595 Show data context 369,711 Show data context 250,657 Show data context
2011 145,027 Show data context 436,973 Show data context 270,070 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, the West Midlands Met.C through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 13th July 2024