Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 39,222 Show data context 131,512 Show data context 55,612 Show data context
1971 71,659 Show data context 124,126 Show data context 57,274 Show data context
1981 100,649 Show data context 127,906 Show data context 53,716 Show data context
1991 132,733 Show data context 125,169 Show data context 56,762 Show data context
2001 124,633 Show data context 191,465 Show data context 67,971 Show data context
2011 118,767 Show data context 214,926 Show data context 68,890 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, Hampshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: https://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10142696/cube/SOCIAL_GRADE

Date accessed: 19th July 2024