Top five occupations at the time of the 1921 Census for England and Wales


06 January 2022
The 1921 Census provides a snapshot of the nation on 19 June 1921
A look at the top five occupations for men and women at the time of the 1921 Census for England and Wales.

On 6 January 2022, FindMyPast and the UK National Archives announced the release of the 1921 Census for England and Wales

Capturing the details of over 38 million people and 8.5 million households, as well as public and private institutions, it truly is a snapshot of England and Wales at the start of the 1920s.

But as well as telling us about the names and ages of each person on the census, the 1921 Census gathered more information than ever before, including asking people about their place of work and employer.

Top 5 occupations in 1921


1. Private Personal Service e.g., domestic servant

2. Cotton Manufacture

3. Local Government

4. Dealing in Textiles, Drapery, and Clothing 

5. Dress and Blouse Making 

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1. Coal mining 

2. Agriculture 

3. Building & Contracting 

4. Central Civil Government & Defence 

5. Railway Transport 

Access the 1921 Census at FindMyPast.

Report and statistics courtesy FindMyPast/The UK National Archives