Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 62,834 Show data context 159,161 Show data context 96,162 Show data context
1971 88,556 Show data context 161,026 Show data context 78,993 Show data context
1981 105,071 Show data context 155,449 Show data context 66,360 Show data context
1991 123,258 Show data context 145,991 Show data context 65,643 Show data context
2001 106,406 Show data context 206,433 Show data context 87,607 Show data context
2011 102,573 Show data context 247,196 Show data context 94,510 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, Kent through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 01st February 2023