Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 163,663 Show data context 439,552 Show data context 318,204 Show data context
1971 162,082 Show data context 379,224 Show data context 214,743 Show data context
1981 184,835 Show data context 349,241 Show data context 183,111 Show data context
1991 206,991 Show data context 296,601 Show data context 157,271 Show data context
2001 187,443 Show data context 443,775 Show data context 249,057 Show data context
2011 172,840 Show data context 517,835 Show data context 258,825 Show data context
Date: Source:
1951 - 2011 Great Britain Historical GIS Project

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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, Wales GovOf through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 07th May 2021