Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 242,354 Show data context 875,222 Show data context 463,431 Show data context
1971 309,401 Show data context 820,040 Show data context 406,650 Show data context
1981 360,584 Show data context 712,498 Show data context 353,843 Show data context
1991 419,517 Show data context 622,004 Show data context 300,977 Show data context
2001 375,702 Show data context 797,340 Show data context 460,119 Show data context
2011 343,578 Show data context 915,125 Show data context 487,314 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, the West Midlands GovOf through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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Date accessed: 25th October 2021