Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 28,029 Show data context 77,763 Show data context 54,555 Show data context
1971 33,083 Show data context 71,940 Show data context 43,725 Show data context
1981 43,798 Show data context 75,848 Show data context 38,358 Show data context
1991 56,401 Show data context 73,038 Show data context 35,779 Show data context
2001 50,002 Show data context 105,908 Show data context 46,392 Show data context
2011 46,354 Show data context 121,853 Show data context 51,002 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, Suffolk through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th January 2022