Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 213,582 Show data context 700,238 Show data context 373,011 Show data context
1971 187,454 Show data context 430,317 Show data context 265,101 Show data context
1981 181,871 Show data context 296,769 Show data context 177,472 Show data context
1991 236,320 Show data context 208,800 Show data context 118,690 Show data context
2001 302,174 Show data context 401,851 Show data context 222,108 Show data context
2011 391,356 Show data context 510,980 Show data context 257,806 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, Inner London through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10076845/cube/SOCIAL_GRADE

Date accessed: 19th January 2022