Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 45,282 Show data context 77,921 Show data context 49,432 Show data context
1971 43,344 Show data context 63,387 Show data context 34,893 Show data context
1981 47,955 Show data context 64,225 Show data context 30,167 Show data context
1991 58,523 Show data context 66,614 Show data context 31,352 Show data context
2001 46,525 Show data context 112,593 Show data context 46,348 Show data context
2011 48,017 Show data context 123,374 Show data context 44,602 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, Devon through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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Date accessed: 14th August 2020