socioeconomic status

An individual's or group's position within a hierarchical social structure. Socioeconomic status depends on a combination of variables, including occupation, education, income, wealth, and place of residence. Sociologists often use socioeconomic status as a means of predicting behavior.


Nearby words

  1. sociocentric,
  2. sociocracy,
  3. sociocultural,
  4. sociodrama,
  5. socioeconomic,
  6. socioeconomics,
  7. sociogenesis,
  8. sociogenetic,
  9. sociogenic,
  10. sociogram

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