Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 31,334 Show data context 59,339 Show data context 32,744 Show data context
1971 49,704 Show data context 73,002 Show data context 32,996 Show data context
1981 64,452 Show data context 75,130 Show data context 31,484 Show data context
1991 75,089 Show data context 72,679 Show data context 33,199 Show data context
2001 66,992 Show data context 112,913 Show data context 41,029 Show data context
2011 62,744 Show data context 132,980 Show data context 43,657 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, West Sussex through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th October 2021