Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 1,763 Show data context 3,934 Show data context 1,649 Show data context
1971 2,334 Show data context 4,491 Show data context 1,573 Show data context
1981 3,067 Show data context 4,353 Show data context 1,612 Show data context
1991 3,673 Show data context 4,224 Show data context 1,765 Show data context
2001 3,178 Show data context 6,163 Show data context 2,460 Show data context
2011 3,129 Show data context 7,158 Show data context 2,407 Show data context
Date: Source:
1951 Census of Population EW1951COU_M27
1971 1971 Census of Great Britain, Economic activity Vol.5, Table 37 , 'Males by area of usual residence and socio-economic class (10% sample)', for 'GB, EW, S, Regions, con, AC, LAA'
1981 - 2001 Census of Population
2011 Office for National Statistics, NOMIS Official Labour Market Statistics (LC6124EW)


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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, Christchurch District through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th August 2018