Social Class Statistics from the 1951 Census

Table ID:
SOC_1951_EW     (6567225)
Contents:
Social Class Statistics from the 1951 Census
Approx. number of rows:
1,470
Table type:
Raw Data
Documentation Author:
Humphrey Southall
Geography:
Reporting units are identified by:
   Administrative County
   Local Government District
   Local Government District Type
Chronology:
The data cover the period 1881 to 1911.

Sources:

  1. The data for England and Wales are taken from table 27 in the County Reports of the 1951 census, 'Social Class distribution of Occupied and Retired Males aged 15 and over'. This is a full transcription of the original table, with the exception of the additional columns restating numbers in each class as a percentage of the total - which can easily be computed from the data held here.


Notes:

  1. This table was originally called soc_1951 and was a combination of the English and Welsh table together with the Scottish data table. This was amended in January 2010 to follow the 1961/71 convention of dividing the data into one table containing England and Wales, and a separate table for Scotland. This table is now soc_1951_ew to reflect more accurately the area covered by the content.


Checking:

  1. The check constraint ensures that the individual social classes sum to the total number of males.
  2. The data have been cros-checked against the 1951 data in the 'age_lgd' table to ensure that the list of districts is identical, and that the overall total populations are identical (but NB these were not in the original published table).
  3. The figures for 'Total Males (Occupied and Retired) aged 15 and over' are not identical to the totals for males aged 15 and over in the age structure table, or in the occupations table. There is no explanation for this in the published tables. This means that there is no systematic cross-check that the rows of numerical data relate to the correct district.
  4. The geographical units have been cross-checked against the GBHGIS administrative unit gazetteer to ensure that all units are correctly identified. The unit names and types have been standardised. Each unit has a unique unit ID assigned to it and this can be used to cross-reference against other data-sets.


Acknowledgments:


We are extremely grateful to the following:

  1. Danny Dorling: The data for England and Wales were transcribed and supplied to the database by Daniel Dorling in August 1997; no restrictions have been placed on their use.


Indices:

IndexTypeColumn(s) indexed
soc_1951_ew_pkey Primary key rec_num
soc_1951_ew_idx   adm_cnty, dist_name, lg_type, rec_num


Constraints:

The table has the following associated constraints:

ConstraintTypeDetails
soc_1951_ew_pkey Primary Key See details above for primary key index
ck_soc_1951_ew Check (tot_m15 = ((((class_1 + class_2) + class_3) + class_4) + class_5))



Columns within table:

ColumnTypeContents
cnty_name Text string (max.len.=44). Name of Administrative County unit as it appeared in the original report.
adm_cnty Text string (max.len.=44). Standardised name of Administrative county.
dist_name Text string (max.len.=64). Name of Local Government District unit as it appeared in the original report.
lg_dist Text string (max.len.=64). Standardised name of local government district.
lg_type Text string (max.len.=16). Type of Local Government District.
adm_cnty_unit Integer number. Unique ID number for county unit.
g_unit Integer number. Unique ID number for local government district unit.
pop_1951 Integer number. Total population of district (NB this information does not appear in the original tables).
tot_m15 Integer number. Total Males (Occupied and Retired) aged 15 and over.
class_1 Integer number. Number of males aged 15 and over in Social Class 1 (Professional, etc Occupations).
class_2 Integer number. Number of males aged 15 and over in Social Class 2 (Intermediate Occupations).
class_3 Integer number. Number of males aged 15 and over in Social Class 3 (Skilled Occupations).
class_4 Integer number. Number of males aged 15 and over in Social Class 4 (Partly Skilled Occupations).
class_5 Integer number. Number of males aged 15 and over in Social Class 5 (Unskilled Occupations).
notes Text string (max.len.=1004). Notes about boundary changes; values appearing are: 'B ??', 'B,N ??', 'C ??', 'N ??', 'N,B ??' (NB these do not appear in table 27 and were presumably transcribed by Dr. Dorling from somewhere else).
rec_num Integer number. Unique number identifying row in table.