Social Grade

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Year Grade A/B Grade C Grade D/E
1951 3,030,986 Show data context 9,048,892 Show data context 5,080,925 Show data context
1971 3,538,310 Show data context 7,813,800 Show data context 4,013,110 Show data context
1981 4,130,040 Show data context 7,085,580 Show data context 3,422,080 Show data context
1991 4,878,197 Show data context 6,137,625 Show data context 2,946,202 Show data context
2001 4,548,470 Show data context 8,710,600 Show data context 4,474,464 Show data context
2011 4,418,125 Show data context 10,264,106 Show data context 4,686,349 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, England and Wales Dep through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Grade, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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Date accessed: 30th January 2023