Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 52,712 Show data context 226,451 Show data context 136,742 Show data context
1971 57,609 Show data context 192,647 Show data context 90,368 Show data context
1981 62,669 Show data context 166,367 Show data context 79,254 Show data context
1991 69,284 Show data context 123,303 Show data context 59,202 Show data context
2001 66,741 Show data context 161,415 Show data context 105,400 Show data context
2011 61,522 Show data context 191,950 Show data context 102,714 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.


How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Tyne and Wear Met.C through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: https://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10032945/cube/SOCIAL_GRADE

Date accessed: 25th May 2024