Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 17,672 Show data context 43,516 Show data context 24,556 Show data context
1971 21,221 Show data context 33,508 Show data context 19,456 Show data context
1981 28,289 Show data context 35,351 Show data context 17,579 Show data context
1991 32,872 Show data context 34,976 Show data context 18,286 Show data context
2001 28,334 Show data context 59,314 Show data context 21,622 Show data context
2011 28,080 Show data context 65,764 Show data context 22,265 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, Dorset through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th October 2021