Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 34,884 Show data context 79,278 Show data context 57,008 Show data context
1971 32,660 Show data context 64,805 Show data context 42,074 Show data context
1981 39,859 Show data context 66,365 Show data context 37,643 Show data context
1991 47,280 Show data context 63,520 Show data context 35,080 Show data context
2001 42,201 Show data context 103,468 Show data context 49,789 Show data context
2011 38,769 Show data context 116,203 Show data context 57,266 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, Lincolnshire through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th November 2021