Social Class

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Year Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class not stated
1841 68,477 Show data context 596,336 Show data context 1,482,019 Show data context 1,140,153 Show data context 367,039 Show data context
1951 510,298 Show data context 2,242,968 Show data context 8,160,810 Show data context 2,490,015 Show data context 2,024,553 Show data context
1961 553,060 Show data context 2,048,209 Show data context 7,064,776 Show data context 2,808,758 Show data context 1,212,598 Show data context
1971 732,080 Show data context 2,619,630 Show data context 6,997,700 Show data context 2,464,700 Show data context 1,121,840 Show data context 472,010 Show data context
Date: Source:
1841 1841 Census of Great Britain, Occupations, Table [1] , 'Occupation Abstract'
1951 1951 Census of England and Wales, County Report, Table 27 , 'Social Class distribution of Occupied and Retired Males aged 15 and over', for 'AC, MB, UD, RD'
1961 1961 Census of England and Wales, Occupations County Leaflets, Table 5 , 'Socio-economic Group (Numbers and Proportions) of Economically Active Males and Economically Inactive Males (stating an occupation)', for 'AC, LAA, County Aggregates, Con, NT (10% sample)'
1971 Census of Population

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Occupational Data from various dates classified into the Registrar General's Social Classification.

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Date accessed: 30th January 2023