Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We're Home of New 'Affluent' Working Class Who Love Gym and Rap Music ; Mancs Least Likely to Be in 'High-Brow elite'Thousands Quizzed in Survey of Britain

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We're Home of New 'Affluent' Working Class Who Love Gym and Rap Music ; Mancs Least Likely to Be in 'High-Brow elite'Thousands Quizzed in Survey of Britain

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MANCUNIANS are more working class than the rest of Britain, according to research by sociologists.

Manchester University experts last month revealed the emergence of seven social classes - exploding the traditional distinctions of previous decades.

They found that just 6 per cent of Brits were classed as economically and culturally 'elite'.

But according to new analysis of the figures, even fewer Mancunians (less than 3pc) can be classed as high-brow 'elite'.

Instead, city residents are far more likely to be 'new affluent workers' - using Twitter and Facebook, visiting the gym and enjoying rap and pop music rather than visiting stately homes and listening to classical.

The 'new affluent' group, which includes taxi drivers and plumbers, made up 24pc of the city's population, comparess d to just 15pc nationally.

Also hugely over-represented are 'emergent service workers', such as carers, hospital porters, and waiters. They made up 36pc of Manchester respondents, compared to 19pc nationally.

The lowest social category, the 'precarious proletariat', with low income and living in closedoff communities, were also-over represented in the region, making up 20pc of respondents rather than 15pc nationally.

The findings - which were produced exclusively for the M.E.N. - are based on results from the Great British Class Survey.

More than 162,000 people took part in the online survey and gave details of their work, lifestyle and interests.

Of those, 5,660 were from Greater Manchester and 1,694 from Manchester.

Dr Niall Cunningham, a geography expert and part of the Manchester team, said the findings highlighted inequalities around the country - but also distinctive social trends in the north. …

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