Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 38,377 Show data context 81,955 Show data context 44,769 Show data context
1971 38,637 Show data context 56,021 Show data context 32,733 Show data context
1981 46,213 Show data context 56,370 Show data context 28,568 Show data context
1991 54,480 Show data context 54,946 Show data context 28,637 Show data context
2001 45,780 Show data context 90,600 Show data context 34,642 Show data context
2011 44,282 Show data context 98,155 Show data context 36,321 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, North Yorkshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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Date accessed: 13th July 2024