Social Grade

No chart.

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

This website exists to help people doing personal research projects on particular areas within a locality. So long as you are using our data for only a small number of units, you are not making money out of what you are doing, and you are not systematically re-publishing our data, you do not need to request permission from us, but you do need to acknowledge us as your source with the wording:

"This work is based on data provided through and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth".

Where the above statement is included in a web page or similar online resource, the reference to "" must be a working hyperlink.

nCube definition

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.


Date accessed: 25th May 2024