Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 25,573 Show data context 46,507 Show data context 28,175 Show data context
1971 31,031 Show data context 44,315 Show data context 22,543 Show data context
1981 35,105 Show data context 42,196 Show data context 19,222 Show data context
1991 44,269 Show data context 44,127 Show data context 19,948 Show data context
2001 36,295 Show data context 72,952 Show data context 28,167 Show data context
2011 35,455 Show data context 86,125 Show data context 30,720 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, East Sussex through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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Date accessed: 18th September 2020