Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 44,015 Show data context 102,131 Show data context 49,497 Show data context
1971 91,389 Show data context 133,880 Show data context 55,664 Show data context
1981 110,443 Show data context 124,539 Show data context 46,876 Show data context
1991 124,526 Show data context 110,355 Show data context 45,203 Show data context
2001 113,389 Show data context 154,102 Show data context 58,281 Show data context
2011 109,641 Show data context 182,829 Show data context 59,572 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, Hertfordshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th October 2021