Social Class

No chart.

Year Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class not stated
1841 65,239 Show data context 552,822 Show data context 1,406,236 Show data context 1,080,802 Show data context 344,199 Show data context
1951 485,844 Show data context 2,103,584 Show data context 7,720,857 Show data context 2,299,987 Show data context 1,895,886 Show data context
1961 526,100 Show data context 1,924,054 Show data context 6,689,785 Show data context 2,628,908 Show data context 1,132,737 Show data context
1971 701,590 Show data context 2,483,800 Show data context 6,622,300 Show data context 2,326,890 Show data context 1,044,630 Show data context 448,360 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

This website exists to help people doing personal research projects on particular areas within a locality. So long as you are using our data for only a small number of units, you are not making money out of what you are doing, and you are not systematically re-publishing our data, you do not need to request permission from us, but you do need to acknowledge us as your source with the wording:

"This work is based on data provided through and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth".

Where the above statement is included in a web page or similar online resource, the reference to "" must be a working hyperlink.

nCube definition

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

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, England Dep through time | Social Structure Statistics | Social Class, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th November 2021