Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 69,616 Show data context 126,303 Show data context 55,762 Show data context
1971 110,076 Show data context 123,182 Show data context 49,109 Show data context
1981 126,213 Show data context 114,554 Show data context 41,319 Show data context
1991 141,598 Show data context 103,057 Show data context 38,974 Show data context
2001 127,672 Show data context 154,540 Show data context 47,133 Show data context
2011 126,068 Show data context 177,701 Show data context 44,750 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, Surrey through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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Date accessed: 14th November 2019